Fighting Irish football fans enjoyed free, high speed Wi-Fi for the first time in 2017 thanks to the high density network designed and designed and built by AmpThink.
Adding Wi-Fi to one of the oldest and most iconic stadiums in college sports presented technical, construction and aesthetic challenges. AmpThink & Notre Dame partnered to develop creative solutions to overcome each obstacle, and drive project success.
Notre Dame wanted its new network to be fast and free for all fans, but inside the 60,000 seat bowl there was nowhere to hang Wi-Fi Access Points. AmpThink solved this problem by suggesting the installation of hand rails on the stairways in each section of the seating bowl. The handrails would allow the placement of Wi-Fi access points in close proximity to fans, which would allow AmpThink to tune the network for premium performance. The hand rails would also make climbing stairs easier and safer for older fans.
Once this idea was approved, AmpThink was trusted to manage the project, which required significant concrete and engineering work, including the development of custom handrail enclosures.
These hand rail enclosures allow AP placement close to fans, protect active electronics from the heat and cold in the outdoor stadium, and they are the first in college football to feature the team logo embossed into each unit, making Wi-Fi a meaningful contributor to the Notre Dame Stadium aesthetic as well as to fan connectivity.