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Lions To Offer Free Wi-Fi Network To Fans Beginning This Weekend

Ford Field this weekend will become the ninth NFL venue to offer free Wi-Fi
The Lions will offer fans "improved wireless Internet access starting this weekend as they partner with Verizon Wireless to offer the first free Wi-Fi network among professional Michigan sports teams," according to Michael Martinez of the DETROIT NEWS. The Lions on Thursday said that the "high-density Wi-Fi system -- available only to Verizon Wireless customers, at least for now -- will be unveiled at Saturday's home game" against the Falcons, and will be available "at all Ford Field events." The system, "designed and paid for by Verizon Wireless, supplements its traditional cell sites that provide wireless coverage in and around Ford Field." Previously, the "dense populations at games resulted in poor connectivity and scant cellphone reception." Verizon Wireless Network Operations Dir Mark Emerick said that the company "approached the Lions about the project" in April '11. Emerick added that the company "is in talks" with the Pistons and Tigers about providing similar networks. Ford Field will become the ninth NFL venue "with its own wireless network" (DETROIT NEWS, 12/21).
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