Alamodome to Upgrade WiFi, Sound, Video Systems

Anybody who went to the Metallica concert on Wednesday night knows the WiFi in the Alamodome is lousy, and now the City and the Valero Alamo Bowl are taking steps to deal with that, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

In a $9 million upgrade package, Alamodome Director Michael Sawaya says the nineties style WiFi will make a major leap into the 21st Century.

"Today we have a 3500 capacity on the WiFi system, and we have designed an upgrade that will take that from 3500 users to 65,000," Sawaya said.

It is part of a major upgrade to the dome which will also include a new sound system, and brand new video boards at all four corners of the field.Derek Fox, the President of the Valero Alamo Bowl, says WiFi is a priority in any venue today.

"I go to games every weekend in the college football season, and when students who live across the street aren't going to games to watch them live, there is a problem, and that problem is connectivity."

Fox said taking pictures of events and posting them on social media or e-mailing them are as much a key part of attending a major event today as is buying a beer at the concession stand.

The new robust WiFi will cover the entire Alamodome and the parking lots.All of the improvements will be in place in time for the 25th Alamo Bowl, which is set to kick off in December, and the Men's NCAA Final Four set for April.

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