Trying to use your smartphone at the ballpark is like trying to hit an R.A. Dickey knuckler

Trying to use your smartphone at the ballpark is like trying to hit an R.A. Dickey knuckler
The baseball season is in full swing (pun intended, just drop some coins in the tip jar) which means that many of you have been visiting the local stadium to watch your favorite team. And of course, for most of us, that means taking our smartphone or tablet to the game. But the problem is that getting a decent network connection for data is as rare as a triple play. Recently, an experiment was done by some men and women attending a Detroit Tigers-Boston Red Sox game at Boston's venerable Fenway Park.

What the experiment revealed was that two of the carriers, Verizon and Sprint, became practically unusable at the ballpark. With Big Red, many requests for downloads simply failed. In other words, the nation's largest mobile operator had struckout. AT&T was the only carrier that offered any kind of a connection from the first pitch of the game to the last out. But the data speeds were about as fast as Prince Fielder running the bases. In fact, AT&T's data speeds were about a third of what they were minutes before and after the game.

While those involved in the experiment had no reason for the slow connection, perhaps during the game there is a lot of interference from television and radio broadcasts, competition from thousands of other smartphone and tablet users. Could the Green Monster keep out radio signals? Whatever the reason, don't expect to be able to have a great connection to monitor those out of town games that are important to your team.

If you've been to the ballpark this year and used your mobile device, how was the connection? Let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.

source: NBCSports



1. ECPirate37

Posts: 319; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I NEVER get good reception in Yankee Stadium. I get it as soon as I leave, but inside of the stadium, service SUCKS. It takes 2 to 3 tries to browse any web page. I'm on Sprint.

2. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

a thumb up to you for hating the boston redc*cks

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, dude, what is your problem?

16. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I dropped sprint for poor coverage.

3. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

If you talk about signal in stadium only bernabeu stadium of Real Madrid is capable of getting best signal because they signed up with cosco

4. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i was in downtown columbus for their annual red white & boom fourth of july celebration and after 6-7pm i had no signal at all. none. but in all honesty there were a lot more people there than fenway park could ever imagine holding. and boston really? ew. does anyone still like them? all i have to say is GO INDIANS! and GO YANKEES!! i hope the yanks kill boston again today.

5. Jayray78

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Tropicana Field in St Pete has terrible reception, but at least we have wifi. Raymond James has wifi too but I can never get it to connect. Reception is ok on LTE but unusable on 3G. I've only been in The Tampa Times Forum once and I can't remember if I got signal or not. One thing to remember is the large amounts of steel used in the construction of these places. Steel eats radio signals.

13. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011


6. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Horrible. I have sprint and am a season ticket holder for the rangers. I cant use my internet most of the time. If im lucky, facebook will refresh but that's it. Cant upload anything on instagram, can't check email, and cant really use the internet.

7. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i think instagram just has bugs they need to work out. i was at a community festival in columbus and i had full bars on AT&T and instagram wouldnt load sh*t.

9. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This was early on in april though. I don't know, but still couldn't use data

8. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Quiet sad to hear stadiums in world's richest country lack signal I guess they're just stingy on spending money for fans to use internet!!!!

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Sprint service at Target Field is worse than the team that plays there. The wifi there is aweful too, probably due to the 35000+ fans that show up every night and then turn to their smartphones to give them relief from such horrible play. ...I mean... go Twins!

11. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Here in San Antonio there's the "AT&T Center"... AT&T gets ZILCH signal inside, and when you do manage to pickup signal, good luck with holding a phone call or even loading a website fully... That being said, TMobile works like a champ, and streaming was a breeze. Sprint had signal at least, but anything other then Voice/TXT (1X network) was pretty much like AT&T's... but at least you had the signal... And yes, I had all 3 carriers in the past 6~ years I have lived here an gone to the "center"... I wanted to laugh my ass off when I had TMobile because I was sitting there during half-time watching netflix and the couple in front of me had the iPOS-4s on AT&T and they where complaining about coverage and dropping calls anytime there wasnt activity on the floor... (I said floor because while I mainly go during the Hockey games, they also do Basketball, and next door does Football, but the outcome was the same)

12. kevv2288 unregistered

No problem with reception or data at citizens bank park on Verizon

14. jefferson9

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

a little over board on the puns there

15. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Quick tip, switch to 2G.

17. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Angel Stadium i've never had a problem at, but Yankee Stadium and Citi Field were both awful on Sprint.

18. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

AT&T Park, San Francisco problem with 4Glte...I was checking out the Color app and broadcasting live to some friends, so it was fine for my connection .

19. centuro1911

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I'm disappointed and the article gives the phone companies a pass. The truth is the phone companies don't build enough capacity for that many people to be using the service at once. They need to put up in-building repeaters and manage the demand better. But that costs money so what do they care?

20. miker875

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

At Nationals Park in DC, I haven't had issues with voice. Data is average at best. The stadium does have WiFi but sometimes the loads can slow everyone down. Haven't noticed about 3G/4G service there but will check next time I am there. I have Sprint and my partner has AT&T.

21. rybob7

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Sprint at dodger stadium gets full bars on my HTC Evo 4g, I was easy able to browse the web at fast speeds and make a clear call.

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

2 years ago when the Red Sox visited AT&T park to play the Giants - service was great on regular 3G and on wifi - then, again, it is A T & T park, so it should be excellent.

24. ducati0927

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

My cell Signal @ the Trop in Saint Petersburg FL is horrid but they do have wifi for free in the park which works well.

25. DanD43

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Verizon 4G at Comerica Park in Detroit was still fast. Uploaded this video while I was there.

26. miker875

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Nationals Park now has 4G LTE with Sprint. No need to use the park's WiFi which is decent though.

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