The third biggest TV audience in history tuned in to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. And for the 71,000+ fans who were inside Levi's Stadium, it was a record-breaking day for sharing, posting, tweeting, streaming and more over the free in-stadium Wi-Fi. 

More than 10 Terabytes of data were uploaded and downloaded on the network within the stadium during the day. That’s a staggering amount of data, equal to streaming 6,000+ hours of HD video (more than 8 months worth) or almost 1.2 Million 2-megabyte images. A lot of that volume was generated by the free Super Bowl 50 Stadium app - which allows fans to order food, watch the Super Bowl commercials and replays, and check lines.

The 10 moments that generated the most data traffic at the stadium included:

  • The introduction of the 50 Super Bowl MVPs

  • Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem and the Blue Angels flyover

  • The opening kickoff

  • The first coach’s challenge

  • Von Miller’s forced fumble and the first touchdown of the game by Malik Jackson

  • The halftime show with Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars

  • Von Miller’s second forced fumble and C.J. Anderson’s game-sealing touchdown

  • Peyton Manning exiting the field and Gary Kubiak’s Gatorade shower

  • The Lombardi Trophy presentation

  • Using apps to get back home and to hotels

Comcast Business provides dual 10 Gigabit-per-second connections that serve as the primary network infrastructure for Levi’s Stadium to allow the fans in the stands to get online with fast and reliable Wi-Fi; and for the operations, media and broadcast partners to put on the show.

Given all of the factors involved – location, the tech capabilities of Levi’s stadium, and the sheer number of ways for people to use the Internet – Super Bowl 50 has set a new standard for the digital infrastructure needed to host an event of this scale.


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