BY CORY DELLENBACH
When you have thousands of fans using cellphones and two football teams using wireless devices, having reliable Wi-Fi is a must for any National Football League stadium.
At Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, the service needed an upgrade. The Detroit Lions organization and Wi-Fi carrier Verizon went to work on the system just as the 2016 season was starting.
“We broke ground Sept. 19 with a compressed schedule to get the boring done in between a couple of foot- ball games,” says Shawn Johnson, project manager for KLA Laboratories, the primary contractor.
Crews from KLA and a subcontractor, Underground Contractors (UCI), wrapped up the first phase at the end of September, using directional drills and vacuum excavators. “It wasn’t your typical job,” says Kevin Mecum, supervisor at UCI. “I’ve been doing directional drilling for a long time and I’ve never done anything like what this job required from the machines. It was crazy.”