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Here's why your cell phone service has been terrible in Tiger Stadium

4 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, September 27 2014 Sep 27, 2014 September 27, 2014 10:27 AM September 27, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - Tiger Stadium upgrades are coming along, but not as quickly as some fans would like.

"As soon as you get in the stadium, it's out," said Chris Crane about his cell phone service.

Crane is part of a group of people, maybe hundreds or thousands, who don't have service.  But, not everyone seems plagued by the same problem.  Other fans don't have any issues with their phones.

"I don't remember having a problem," said Scott Cusimano.

Whether your phone is working or not at an LSU game, athletic officials know there is a problem.  The 500 new cell antennas aren't shooting out signals at 100 percent. 

"This was going to be a process," said LSU Senior Associate Athletics Director Eddie Nunez. "The process was going to be to implement this game by game. It's really hard to replicate 100,000 fans inside a stadium. What all the carriers are doing right now is they're going through the stadium and they're adjusting their signals."

Nunez said during the first home game this year, Verizon users had a 35 percent stronger signal than last year and every game, the signal is supposed to get stronger for all carriers. LSU Athletics hopes to have their signal at 100 percent by the Alabama game November 8.

During last week's Mississippi State game, some AT&T customers were still reporting zero service.

"I was at the game last week and I wanted to see what was going on with the other games and I wasn't able to," said Crane.

LSU Athletics say once they tackle the cell service issues inside Tiger Stadium, they plan to add additional cell antennas outside the stadium around campus and in parking lots. Next year, they plan to add Wi-Fi inside the stadium.

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