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Bucs plan 'beta test' of in-stadium Wi-Fi during Cowboys game


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' attempt to improve the game-day fan experience takes a significant step Saturday with a "beta test" of in-stadium Wi-Fi that can provide live streaming video on smart phones.

The initial installation is complete, but the team is asking season-ticket holders to take part in a test group during the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Users must enter a password to gain access to the Wi-Fi service.

The team will get input after the game before offering stadium Wi-Fi for all users.

"Many of our Season Pass Members have expressed a strong desire for Wi-Fi capabilities within Raymond James Stadium (RJS) to improve their smart phone and/or tablet connectivity," writes Barbara Stevens, the Bucs' director of guest and member relations, in a letter to season ticket holders.

By using the Bucs' mobile app, fans in the stadium can view live streaming video and play-by-play coverage, according to Stevens' letter.

To combat a league-wide decline in attendance, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has directed teams to invest in new technologies. More fans are finding home viewing - with big-screen HDTVs and NFL's Sunday Ticket satellite service - a more comfortable and less expensive alternative.

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