Verizon Wireless says its network experienced 59 percent more data usage in and around Lucas Oil Stadium during Butler Bulldogs’ win over the Michigan State University Spartans last Saturday than during the busiest Indianapolis Colts game last season.
The operator also said the 70,000 fans within the Indiana stadium were responsible for a 400 percent spike in data usage compared to a typical Saturday afternoon in downtown Indianapolis.
“Based on the typical sports crowds and the way they use their wireless phones at major sporting events, we’ve built our network in and around the stadium to handle the significant spikes in usage,” said Greg Haller, president of Verizon’s Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan region, in a statement.
In preparation for the game, Verizon said it tripled voice and data capacity to its network at the stadium as well as increased data capacity by 25 percent in downtown Indianapolis. Verizon will spend $57.4 million this year on its Indiana network.