News & Noteworthy

August 26, 2012 ARS Technica
Why your smart device can’t get WiFi in the home team’s stadium.
It’s Sunday afternoon at the football stadium, and you’re sitting in the upper balcony watching the home team quarterback drop back for a pass. Well, “watching” per se.
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June 13, 2012 Mobile Sports Report
MSR Profile: San Francisco Giants, AT&T Continue to Push the Wireless Envelope at AT&T Park
Perhaps the only place where Schlough, the Giants and AT&T have had to take a step backwards – our opinion, not theirs – is on the application side.
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May 2, 2012 Lamorinda Patch
Lafayette’s FanconneX Delivers Game Day Data to Fans – In Their Seats.
When Lafayette-resident Mike Birdsall sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” he’s thinking of something way better than simply sitting idly in the stands with peanuts and Crackerjacks.
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January 19, 2012 AT&T News Room
New iPhone App Helps Minnesota Fans Go ‘Wild’.
The Minnesota Wild and AT&T are proud to announce their new Minnesota Wild App.
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January 10, 2012 Macworld Magazine
Let’s go to the replay: Stanford beams in-game action to fans’ phones.
I pulled out my iPhone, fired up Stanford’s Gameday Live website in Safari, and tapped on the link to watch the replay of Toilolo’s touchdown catch. In fact, I could choose between three different camera angles of the same play.
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May 19, 2011 AT&T News Room
AT&T Keeps Stanford University Athletics Fans Connected with AT&T Wi-Fi and Advanced Mobile Apps.
ans can now use advanced wireless devices to check scores, access video, watch instant replays, post to social networking sites, or upload photos to friends while enjoying the live game experience and cheering on the Cardinal.
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July 23, 2010 Seattle Times
Seattle Times Seamheads seek free Wi-Fi.
Go to a Major League Baseball game these days, and you’re likely to see some spectators looking as intently at a cellphone or device screen as at the action on the field.
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March 1, 2010 Smart Business
Pursuing The Awesome Experience. Turning fans into fanatics by Kevin Daum.
Birdsall likes baseball but identified the inconsistencies in the experience. He recognized the desire of live fans to interact with the on-field experience with activities such as scorekeeping and stats.
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June 20, 2009 Good Morning America
Major League Baseball Embraces Hi-Tech Toys at
the Ballpark

At AT&T park in San Francisco, these two activities come together: Free wi-fi is served up to Giants fans — who log on with enthusiasm.
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May 14, 2009 Cult of Mac
Users of the Wi-Fi network at the park are now able to use an
innovative and exclusive system called the Giants Digital Dugout, which offers fans two.

It’s fitting, one might say, that the San Francisco Giants provide home fans at AT&T Park the most sophisticated digital amenities in all of professional sports. After all, San Francisco is the nominal home of Silcon Valley (with apologies to San Jose) and the headquarters of many of the cutting-edge internet and social media companies in the world today.
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May 11, 2009 C/NET
The Giants Digital Dugout offers fans a series of features, including a
food finder, and a quickly-updated collection of video replays.

For years, meanwhile, the ballpark has offered its customers free Wi-Fi. In fact, it was among the very first to do so in all of professional sports. And for years, using it meant toting a laptop to the park, something which usually did not sit well with hard-core fans.
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