WiFi at Nationals Park?
No one can deny that Nationals Park, for the moment at least, is the talk of the town. But the stadium falls short of being a true "hotspot."
At Monday night's game, my buddy Dave and I became increasingly frustrated with the vacillating home plate umpire, whose strike zone seemed to sway as much as I did leaving the game (thanks to a Grounds Crew commenter who pointed out where to find Yuengling on draft).
After watching one too many pitches called strikes at Guzman's ankles, I began thinking about whether free public WiFi would enhance the Nationals Park experience.
I might have, for instance, logged on and followed the game on MLB.com's GameDay simulation, which shows the placement of each pitch in relation to the strike zone. Armed with this knowledge, I could yell insults at "Blue" with impunity.
Other possibilities entered my mind. For example, whenever the Mets come to Nationals Park, Nats fans could simultaneously project this video on our laptops and PDAs, and provide our own between-innings entertainment. Who needs Clint?
After a quick Google search, it seems that AT&T Park in San Francisco is the only MLB stadium offering free WiFi (if anyone knows of others, please post a link in the comments area).
According to the Giants' Web site:
In addition to Internet access, the Giants WiFi Network features the Giants Digital Dugout, an interactive application developed by the Giants, Birdsall Interactive and Pervasive Services. The Giants Digital Dugout is available exclusively at AT&T Park and has been designed to enhance the "fan experience" with unique content, including:
â€¢ Highlight Videos
â€¢ Real-time MLB.com Stats
â€¢ Interactive Games
â€¢ AT&T Park and Local Information
â€¢ Team Information
Sound good? On the one hand, I think a similar service at Nationals Park would be a big hit. Then again, Hill staffers and K Street lobbyists might be well advised to remember what happened to Drew Barrymore in Fever Pitch!
So, Grounds Crew readers, apprise me of your thoughts: Should the Lerners transform Nationals Park into a WiFi hotspot?
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