Super Bowl 50 sets record for most data transferred at sporting event

Fans at Super Bowl 50 shatter data usage at sporting event records.

Published Wed, Feb 17 2016 7:05 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:01 PM CST

Super Bowl 50 didn't just set records on the field, but data-wise as well: a historic 10.15 terabytes of data were transferred over the Levi's Stadium Wi-Fi network on game day, according to provider Extreme Networks. The figure represents a 63% jump over last year's 6.23 TB, and sets the record for most data transferred at a sporting event.

Super Bowl 50 sets record for most data transferred at sporting event |

To put things in perspective, 10.15 TB of data is equivalent to more than 6,000 hours of HD video or about 1.2 million 2MB photos.

Levi's features over 12,000 network ports, over 1,200 Wi-Fi access points, about 1,200 Bluetooth beacons, and 40Gbps of bandwidth.

Other analytics revealed some also interesting tidbits:

  • 42% of fans were on the network during the game
  • the peak amount of fans online was 20,300 (versus last season's approximate 17,322)
  • cloud storage was the top application group (presumably for picture uploading purposes)
  • Facebook was the most used social app by a wide margin

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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