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Comcast Builds Bigger Data Pipeline For Comerica Park

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Comerica Park prior to the start of the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers on September 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Comerica Park prior to the start of the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers on September 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

(Corrected at 9 a.m. Based on incorrect information supplied to WWJ Newsradio 950, the capacity of this data pipeline was overstated in the original story. It is actually 100 megabits per second.)

DETROIT (WWJ) – No matter how much video or photography the international sports press corps pushes out of Detroit this week, Comerica Park will be ready.

Comcast says it has built an Ethernet-based system that boosts the outgoing data pipeline out of Comerica Park to 100 megabits per second, up from the previous 50-megabit-per-second pipeline.

“Basically, we were contracted by the Tigers organization to assist them in preparing for their expected media increase,” said Pamela Dover, director of business development for Comcast Business in its Heartland Region, which includes Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas. “The organization says that they have seen trends of 50 percent more media during division series playoffs and it grows another 50 percent with every additional round.”

She said Comcast got the deal “because we provide a great HD video experience for the concourses and the suites.”

Dover said the new Ethernet “is a huge pipe, and it will definitely gear them up for the press that is coming. We’ll be provisioning realtime uploads of video files and photos that are just massive in size.”

Dover said the pipeline will be sufficient to “support the press and all the social media activities that will be going on.” She said the gear was installed last week in an existing rack that Comcast has in Comerica Park’s data room.

Dover siad Comcast is the exclusive provider of fiber optic data lines to Comerica Park. And, she said, “we are in negotiations with the Tigers regarding increased services going forward once they are done with the playoffs.”

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