Verizon touts new technology to ensure race fans have better coverage during Indy 500

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Photo of Matsing Ball being installed on April 24, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – If you’ve ever been to the Indianapolis 500, you’re probably well aware that tweeting, texting or even making a simple phone call can be problematic on race day.

Verizon Wireless announced new technology on Monday that will increase coverage for fans. New Matsing Balls are being installed at four locations inside the IMS. The is the first installation in Indiana, and the first permanent installation of this type of network technology at a major sports venue. Each individual Matsing ball weighs as much as 600 pounds and is installed on a pole 66 feet high.

At Turn 3 alone, Verizon says they will increase coverage by 333 percent and capacity by 200 percent with the new technology. They say the technology will be operational in time for the Grand Prix.Last year, IndyCar fans broke data usage records at the historic running of the race.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided us with this 360 photo of the installation.