Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland has been fitted with Aruba’s Gigabit Wi-Fi network ahead of this week’s showcase Preakness Stakes events.

The events are expected to attract nearly 180,000 spectators, with today’s (Friday’s) Black-Eyed Susan Day and tomorrow’s 143rd staging of the Preakness Stakes set to serve as the highlights.

Aruba is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company and its wired, wireless and software solutions will create a Wi-Fi network that will cover Pimlico’s 140-acre race course. The network will cover the infield, the six-storey grandstand building and the Stronach owner’s chalet.

The network will use Aruba’s ClearPass security solutions to provide safe connectivity to various other groups at the events including employees, horsemen, photographers, media, ticketing, parking, betting and point of sale for more than 100 concessionaires.

“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. “We expect them to be pleased with their experience this year.”

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