Standing in line for food and beverages at sporting events is a time-honored tradition. I’d even go so far as to say it’s a bit of a rite of passage for sports fans.
But with modern mobile technology, maybe it doesn’t have to be. Deadspin has the story on the San Francisco 49ers’ newly christened Levi’s Stadium, one that just happens to have its own mobile app specifically for concessions.
A free download for both iOS and Android, the Levi’s Stadium app actually does a lot more than just give you the lowdown on grub. It allows access to the stadium with mobile ticketing and parking passes and provides updated game statistics and replays when the 49ers are in action.
Still, the killer feature is probably how it assists in the hunt for stuff to eat and drink. Users have the option to order concessions and have them delivered right to their seats (which costs extra, alas), even tracking them while they are en route. Alternatively, the app can display the wait times of the closest food stands and bathrooms so people will know exactly how many plays they might miss if they make a run sometime other than halftime.
It’s undoubtedly the future of the stadium experience, and it’s only fitting that it’s in San Francisco. Oops, I mean Santa Clara, which is definitely not San Fran, but it’s still close enough to the center of the tech industry that it’s a logical place for this kind of app to really take off. It still has some bugs to work out, but you can count on it to be the harbinger of sports experiences to come.