The east side of UD Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

Fans will benefit from new Wi-Fi this season at UD Arena

Renovated arena opens for first time this season Thursday and Friday

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Fans should see an improvement this season, however. An ad in the new game program tells fans they can “Enjoy Dayton basketball in a whole new way,” because of new Cincinnati Bell Wi-Fi at UD Arena.

After phase two of the three-year, $72-million renovation, there is now Wi-Fi  coverage for the seating bowl, so fans can log in from any seat in the 100-400 levels. Coverage will be available in the full arena, meaning the concourse and other seating areas, in the 2019-20 season.

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Fans who want try the new WI-FI at 7 p.m. Thursday when the women’s team plays Indianapolis in an exhibition game or at 7 p.m. Friday when the men’s team plays Capital in an exhibition, the network is titled, “Fioptics Free WI-FI.”

To give fans more time to get used to all the changes at the arena, it will open two hours before tip-off — instead of one hour early — for the exhibition games, the women’s first regular-season games and the first couple of men’s regular-season games.

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