Dover speedway upgrading Wi-Fi service

No matter where fans sit in the stands around Dover International Speedway in the spring, they should see improved cellphone service inside the track as the speedway upgrades its Wi-Fi service. (Delaware State News file)

No matter where fans sit in the stands around Dover International Speedway in the spring, they should see improved cellphone service inside the track as the speedway upgrades its Wi-Fi service. (Delaware State News file)

DOVER — NASCAR fans soon will be able to give their data plans a reprieve while watching the race as Dover International Speedway’s Wi-Fi network will undergo a significant upgrade.

“In the past we were bringing in towers as a temporary solution but as people use smartphones more and more, they want access to Wi-Fi to save data so we decided at the end of last year, it was time for a permanent solution,” said Mark Rossi, vice president of Sales and Marketing at the speedway.

The speedway will work with the Reston, Virginia, based company Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks to make the improvements to the network that will rely on hotspots rather than large cellular towers.

The improvements will help more than just the fans looking for fast speeds without cutting into their data plan — they also will help vendors with the speed and security of transactions and will improve on-site digital ticketing.

“This is a customer service we are providing to our fans, but it will also allow vendors to explore new opportunities,” Mr. Rossi said. “It’s a more robust plan than improving cellphone use.”

Fans and vendors should have access to the Wi-Fi network all over the speedway including in the stands, suites, Fan Zone and surrounding areas.

The speedway will have the capability of turning the network on and off so it can be used for more than just NASCAR so other large events on the property also will have access to the network.

“We are leap-frogging the Dover operations immediately into the modern digital era to match or exceed what others have been doing in stadiums and outdoor venues across the globe,” said Broad Valley founder and CEO Peter D. Aquino.

But unfortunately, the network only will cover the area of the speedway, not the nearby Woodlands.

“The Woodlands is on the east side of Route 1 and there are no permanent structures so unfortunately as far as events like Firefly go, we will still be using the temporary towers,” Mr. Rossi said.

The network improvements will be completed before the May 13-15 race weekend which concludes with the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.

“We’re looking forward to this update to our facility,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “Like everyone, our fans want to be connected to their phones and other devices at all times.”

For more information about the upcoming races, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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