The Maryland Stadium Authority has taken a step toward adding Wi-Fi at Camden Yards — one of the last major league stadiums without public Internet service.
The authority said Friday that its board of directors approved a letter of intent to begin a 90-day negotiation with Verizon to add Wi-Fi and a distributed antenna system, known as DAS, that enhances wireless reception.
In response to questions about the negotiation, the authority released a statement saying that it and the Orioles are partnering with Verizon. "We are working to fully deploy a far more robust system to enhance our fan experience and offer greater connectivity so our patrons can enjoy live events while engaging with social media and digital content," the authority said.
Wi-Fi would be free to fans. The installation is expected to be paid for by Verizon.
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In most other big-league stadiums, Wi-Fi has become as much of a staple as the seventh-inning stretch as the sport reaches out to younger fans for whom posting messages and photos is part of the stadium experience.
In 2012, Major League Baseball formed a consortium with its technology partners to help the sport with its Wi-Fi and other high-tech communication services at stadiums around the country.