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May 18, 2018 7:40 am

Preakness-goers will find a new WiFi network at Pimlico this year

Aruba deployed a new WiFi network at Old Hilltop ahead of this year's running.

Get connected at Preakness.

(Photo by Flickr user MDGOV, used under Creative Commons license)

At Preakness, WiFi is the first topic listed among Frequently Asked Questions about the Triple Crown race at Pimlico Race Course (Answer: Yes).

This year, race officials said the system is upgraded.

Ahead of the weekend’s series of racing events in Northwest Baltimore, Pimlico owners The Stronach Group and race organizers the Maryland Jockey Club implemented a new WiFi system at the track.

The work involved deploying a gigabit network from HPE subsidiary Aruba around the grounds. It will cover the infield and grandstand, as well as internet for employees, media, ticketing, parking, betting and concession Point of Sale, according to the Maryland Jockey Club.

“In this day and age, superior Wi-Fi is expected by our attendees as they rely on their mobile devices not only for connectivity, but also for multiple activities including buying concessions and souvenirs, placing bets, and social media interaction,” Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, said in a statement. “We expect them to be pleased with their experience this year.”

It’s one of a number of upgrades being made around the grounds, including trading tents for chalets and trams for attendees crossing the track, according to the Baltimore Sun. The upgrades come even as speculation continues about whether the race will remain in Baltimore into the future.

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