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College Football: Declining Student Attendance Hits Georgia – WSJ.com

College Football: Declining Student Attendance Hits Georgia – WSJ.com.

A growing problem with college football is the fan experience in the stadium. With the comforts of home like HD TV, cold drinks and a comfortable seat, many are opting out of spending money on tickets and actually attending the games. The Wall Street Journal took a look at student attendance numbers at a number of SEC schools and found that those schools were having difficulty getting students to attend games. The reason for this may not be the comforts of home but may be due to the poor cell service and lack of internet connectivity inside the stadium. I have personally experienced this in Doak Campbell Stadium but as someone who loves attending the games, you accept that you won’t be able to use your phone for much more than taking pictures during the game. But for many that desire to tweet, Instagram and post on Facebook about their time at the game or stay up to date with what others are saying, the lack of service is a problem. However, providing Wi-Fi services could cost anywhere from $2 million to $10 million, which is a significant cost for a service that could result in more students looking down at their phones instead of up at the game. Implementing this type of system is not disruptive technology; it allows those at the game to use their phones as they would normally outside of the venue. This is not a new advancement in mobile technology as teams like the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL are already doing something about the lack of service inside their stadium. Finally, it does not add to the economic state of mobile technology or development but, as stated above, is a significant cost to the school or organization wishing to implement it.

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