Ohio State Buckeyes break stadium wi-fi data record


At the beginning of 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosted Super Bowl 53 and smashed the record for the most data used inside a stadium, but now that figure has been surpassed by a college game.

No ordinary college game, mind you. When the Ohio State Buckeyes took on their Big 10 rivals Michigan State at the ‘Horseshoe’ – its Ohio Stadium, where 104,797 spectators were in attendance, it broke the all-time high for terabyte usage inside a venue.

At 25.06TB being used during the game this college game overtakes the likes of Super Bowl 53’s 24.05TB, as well as Super Bowl 52’s 16.31TB, and the 2019 NCAA Final Four’s 17.8 TB.

Ohio Stadium installed a new WiFi network for 2019 called AmpThink, which uses equipment supplied by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.  The venue boasts around 2,000 access points with 74,940 unique connections logging on during the Buckeye’s victory over Michigan State.

Through the first six weeks of the 2019 college football season, Ohio State owns four of the top eight all-time in-stadium Wi-Fi usage records. And with even more pivotal matchups on the schedule this season, as well as a possible playoff games, this figure is expected to be broken again.

Here are the top 10 all-time stadium data usage records:


1. Michigan State vs. Ohio State Ohio Stadium Oct. 5, 2019 25.60 TB
2. Super Bowl 53 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Feb. 3, 2019 24.05 TB
3. 2019 NCAA Final Four Semifinals U.S. Bank Stadium April 6, 2019 17.8 TB
4. Super Bowl 52 U.S. Bank Stadium Feb. 4, 2018 16.31 TB
5. Miami (Oh) at Ohio State Ohio Stadium Sept. 21, 2019 13.70 TB
6. 2019 NCAA Final Four Final U.S. Bank Stadium April 8, 2019 13.4 TB
7. FAU at Ohio State Ohio Stadium Aug. 31, 2019 13.1 TB
8. Cincinnati at Ohio State Ohio Stadium Sept. 7, 2019 12.7 TB
9. Alabama vs. Georgia, CFB Playoff Mercedes-Benz Stadium Jan. 8, 2018 12.0 TB
10. Auburn vs. Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Oct. 5, 2019 11.82 TB
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