The cold days of winter are fading, and the “boys of summer” began their seasons with powerful performances on baseball’s 2015 opening day.
Hundreds of thousands of baseball fans packed stadiums across the country this week, bringing along the basic necessities such as a glove, sunscreen and smartphone. For rookies and savvy veterans alike, it was a day of hope and optimism – and of Snapchat conversations, Tweets, Vine videos, uploads and downloads along with selfies, all contributing to a great experience.
Preparing for such a deluge of data usage from fans is a challenge. Long before the first pitch of 2015 was thrown, Verizon network teams were working to ensure its customers enjoyed the best wireless experience possible at every U.S. ballpark. With Verizon’s XLTE technology added to 4G LTE cell sites serving each stadium area, baseball fans had access to faster peak speeds and greater capacity than before.
With the growing demand for smartphones and wireless data, many of the network improvements will continue to serve baseball fans throughout the season and beyond. That’s just a part of Verizon’s ongoing investment in its wireless network, including more than $9 billion invested nationally in 2014.
Here’s a snapshot of Verizon’s opening day power display from selected venues of how much data the fans in the ballpark used and how many Verizon mobile devices were present at the game:
- New York (Bronx) – 542 Gigabytes (GB) and 20,847 mobile devices
- Seattle – 276 GB; 20,686 devices
- Milwaukee – 190 GB; 12,984 devices
- Miami – 148 GB; 11,807 devices
- Arizona – 207 GB; 20,788 devices
- Oakland – 194 GB – an increase of 126% over last year’s opening day