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Washington-Grizzly Stadium Strengthens Cell Signal

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MISSOULA -

Sending or receiving calls and texts inside Washington-Grizzly stadium is notoriously difficult, but a new antenna system is going to strengthen cell signals.

University of Montana engineers said cell towers get overloaded by a large number of users, especially when they're concentrated inside a steel and concrete stadium.

They said they're installing 50-60 antennas around the stadium's interior, which will distribute a Verizon signal to each of the six zones.

Engineers said real estate broker Crown and Castle contracted with Verizon and UM to install the antennas that are common in larger venues.

Scott Holgate, Senior Technology Engineer, said, "Getting down to this level is fairly new, into this division of sports, but you'll see it continue to push into other stadiums like this."

UM engineers said they've installed the mounts, and the antennas will arrive over the next two weeks.

The system is scheduled to be up and running by December.

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