PSV Eindhoven fans protest introduction of WiFi service inside stadium | SIDELINE

The last thing some PSV Eindhoven supporters want is wireless Internet inside their home stadium, according to a fierce protest this past weekend.

Fans unveiled the below tifo display (censored for language) prior to PSV's season-opening 6-1 thrashing of NAC Breda on Saturday.

The core belief of the protest is that fans instide the stadium should be more focused on the events unfolding on the field in front of them, and not on the smartphones or tablets in their hands. Just like yourself, fellow fans paid for their ticket and reserve the right to enjoy a game however they please, do they not?

Might the overall atmosphere inside the stadium perhaps suffer due to some fans' attention being wrapped up in their personal devices?

Probably so, yes, which means these protesters should probably sing a little bit louder if that's the only way you can enjoy watching a game.

In the end, it all comes down to this: Would more fans stop going to games than the number of fans who would appreciate and use WiFi in the stadium?

The answer is unequivocally no, so expect any and all plans to introduce WiFi in stadiums around the world to move forward.

Sporting Kansas City's Sporting Park offers free, high-speed WiFi service to every fan in attendance. The club has also made strides to integrate an in-stadium app which allows fans to, among other things, access on-demand instant replays from multiple camera angles. And New England Revolution fans can get a live experience at Gillette Stadium, where an app launched in 2012 has access to in-game cameras and live action from all the cameras in use.  

Have you ever used complimentary WiFi inside a sports venue before? Furthermore, would you be for or against the universal introduction of WiFi in stadiums and arenas?

Photo credit: @dylsharpe on Twitter


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