The San Jose Earthquakes, one of Major League Soccer’s original franchises and two-time MLS Cup champions, were opening the best new soccer stadium in the United States. The team needed an app for both iOS and Android that was fun and engaging on game day, and allowed fans to engage with the team at anytime from anywhere.
Building a state-of-the-art app for a state-of-the-art stadium wouldn’t be easy in a compressed timeframe.
To launch in time for the beginning of the season, our team needed to create apps for iOS and Android in less than four months. To beat that deadline, we would need to use a cross-platform tool by Xamarin, that enabled us to leverage much of the same code across both platforms, but still offered a truly engaging native experience.
Our team took many of the features that fans could only get on their PCs—such as buying tickets, browsing player bios, and connecting to the team on social media—and brought them into a fast, easy-to-use mobile app. The app also helps fans navigate the stadium on game day, with driving directions, FAQs, and an interactive map of stadium amenities.
The app was an immediate success for the 2015 opening of Avaya Stadium. On the day of the first match, the app had more than 3,000 sessions. Each session averaged more than 5 minutes. Said the client: “The team scored big for us with a truly engaging app our fans love.”
- 3,000sessions on first game day
- 5minutes averaged per session