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Lions hope to improve Internet access at games


For NFL teams to ensure that fans will continue to attend games in person, NFL teams need to make the experience at least as good as it is at home. And with nearly every home now equipped with wireless Internet access or the ability to get the Internet on a phone (or the ability to “borrow” a neighbor’s hot spot), it’s critical that every NFL stadium have reliable Internet access.

The Lions don’t. But they plan to fix that.

Via Kyle Meinke of, a recent town hall-style meeting with roughly 2,000 season-ticket holders featured loud concerns about the quality of the Internet access.

“It’s not working the way it needs to work, even for the Verizon folks, and anybody on another carrier has extreme difficulty,” team president Rod Wood said. “We’ve tried a number of Band-Aids. They have not worked, and we’re going to get it right.”

To get it right, Wood has gotten with the league office.

"[I went] to the NFL, and the head of IT at the NFL, and enlisted her support to leverage the NFL’s relationship with Verizon to get Verizon to come into our building and invest a lot of money -- and we’ll add something to it,” Wood said. “I’m hopeful we’ll have a Wi-Fi that works beautifully this season. I’m going to talk to the NFL and we’ll pressure them.”

If it doesn’t work, the fans will keep pressuring the Lions. Eventually, plenty of them will quit showing up.