Time out ends for AT&T customers at OKC Thunder home games

AT&T has installed new equipment in Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena to improve AT&T service at Thunder games and other arena events.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: May 2, 2013

Until last week, Oklahoma City businessman and Thunder season ticket holder Nick Gray had to finish his business and social plans before entering Chesapeake Energy Arena on game nights.

“If I'm going to meet a friend at halftime, we have to make plans before the game because we know our phones won't work,” said Gray, a commercial real estate broker at Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Oklahoma. “There have been times I've needed to reply to emails for work, but I couldn't do it there.”

Gray should no longer have that problem now that AT&T has fully integrated its 4G LTE into the arena's distributed antenna system, the wireless carrier said Wednesday.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with a best-in-class network experience, no matter where they are,” said Steve Gray, vice president and general manager for AT&T Oklahoma and Arkansas. “With crowds topping 18,000 in the arena on game day, it was important for us to complete this upgrade, allowing our customers to truly live mobile.”

AT&T finished the integration in April and tested it during last week's first-round playoff games.

Gray noticed the change.

“The last home game was interesting,” he said. “My phone was working pretty much the whole game.”

He proved it by tweeting from the arena during the game, “My phone is actually working inside the @ChesapeakeArena tonight. What gives?”


by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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Our goal is to provide our customers with a best-in-class network experience, no matter where they are. With crowds topping 18,000 in the arena on game day, it was important for us to complete this upgrade, allowing our customers to truly live mobile.”

Steve Gray,
Vice president and general manager

for AT&T Oklahoma and Arkansas

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