Sun Devil Stadium Crew Answers Call for Better Wi-Fi

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Arizona State University’s football stadium is going from no wireless access points to 785 after next year.

When Arizona State University football fans enter Sun Devil Stadium for the team’s opening game Saturday night, many things will be clear, including their wireless signals.

A Sundt joint venture team has spent the past several months working on improving the fan experience at the 58-year-old stadium. Better seating, larger concourses and improved bathrooms and concession areas are easy to notice. But when fans check the bars on their phones, they will be pleasantly surprised.

“This will be the most technologically advanced stadium in college football,” said Sundt Project Superintendent Todd Gantter. “People who are streaming won’t mess with people trying to make phone calls.”

Before the university construction project started last year, there were no wireless access points, networking hardware devices that allow Wi-Fi compliant devices to connect to a wired network. When work finishes next August, there will be 785. The stadium will also go from 130 cellular antennas to 273. Antennas improve cell-phone reception.

Todd estimates the team has installed close to 70 percent of the infrastructure for the stadium’s wireless network. That includes reworking media truck connectivity, which will make life better for those watching games on TV.

“We’re building for the future,” he said. “There are numerous additional pathways for future use as technology changes.”

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Intern’s First Project as Employee-Owner is a Home Game

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Improvements at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium are being made over three offseasons.

Former Sundt intern Oswaldo Robledo went back to familiar turf after being hired full-time.

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Oswaldo Robledo serves as a Field Engineer on the Sun Devil Stadium project.

An Arizona State University graduate, Oswaldo is serving as a field engineer on our joint-venture project making improvements at Sun Devil Stadium, where the school’s football team plays. This is the second offseason we have worked on the stadium with one more phase to come next year.

“I think that being part of a team that gets to build the football stadium for the university that I graduated from is pretty awesome,” Oswaldo said. “I feel like it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Oswaldo, a Phoenix native, was as an intern at Sundt while earning his degree in construction management. He was hired by our company after graduation and immediately went into the field on the Sun Devil Stadium project.

Oswaldo’s story isn’t unique. We have gained national recognition for our efforts to hire recent college graduates.

“Sundt gave me the opportunity to grow as an individual by allowing me to experience real-world issues and providing enough knowledge and tools to figure out those issues on my own,” Oswaldo said.

For more information on internships with Sundt, please contact Mike Morales at mkmorales@sundt.com.

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