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San Diego State University selecting bid for upgraded internet at new stadium

Posted at 10:12 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 09:18:27-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego State University is asking bidders for a list of internet upgrades for their new Mission Valley stadium, according to their request for proposal.

10News obtained a copy of the Bid Detail and a Master Question List Friday.

On page 9 of the question list, it requests bidders have a plan with 5G and older cellular technologies. "5G NR will eventually supplant 4G during the life of the system, therefore the equipment used and the design must support both..." it stated.

Fans at the Holiday Bowl had mixed feelings about the upgrade.

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"We have six kids so we have to keep in touch and make sure everybody's safe. Also, we're both physicians, so if a patient needs to get in touch with us we have to be ready for them, so that's super important," San Diegan Susan Stuart said.

"I don't think it's necessary, I think you're here to watch a game, you don't need to be on your phone," San Diegan Don Dow said.

SDSU wants to ensure anyone can call 9-1-1 reliably from anywhere inside the 35,000-seat stadium.

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"Emergencies happen all the time so that's very important," fan John Oleynick said.

On page 8 of the question list, SDSU states, "The primary use of WiFi at the field level is for CoachCom and other operational applications, not use by guests or fans. Wi-Fi should be present along the sidelines, but there is not a requirement to cover the entire playing field."

"I think that's essential for them as well to make plays and what-not to coordinate from the sidelines," fan Christin Magadan said.

Right now there's no estimated cost, but in 2016, a similar project for Qualcomm was estimated at $700,000.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer decided against the upgrade, telling 10News this, "it's just not a good use of dollars to move forward with especially when we're thinking of the future of Qualcomm."

The university listed almost 30 prospective bidders for the project. The contract will be awarded February 21, 2020.