09/23/2010 10:37 AM ET
MLBAM, Philadelphia Phillies & Aramark join to debut Mobile Food Ordering App at Citizens Bank Park
Pilot program allows direct delivery of favorite menu items to fans throughout the ballpark; Uses award-winning MLB.com At Bat 2010 Apps for iPhone
New York & Philadelphia/September 23, 2010 - MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies and ARAMARK, the food and beverage partner for 12 MLB teams, have announced that fans at Citizens Bank Park can use their iPhone to order food and have the items delivered to their seat.
It is the latest addition to At The Ballpark, a mobile concierge program within MLB.com's industry-leading At Bat 2010 applications for iPhone, that allows fans to check-in and manage their own experiences at the ballpark. Working together, MLBAM, the Phillies and ARAMARK are creating a gameday experience that integrates the convenience of mobile technology, while allowing fans to make the most of their time watching the game or socializing with friends.
By utilizing the Apple devices' core location technology, MLB.com At Bat 2010 can verify a fan is inside the ballpark and, subsequently, grant access to an array of exclusive features, including the ability to order food. During the pilot program, fans at Citizens Bank Park can order some of the most popular menu items directly from their seats, including a Philadelphia cheese steak, Tony Luke's Roasted Pork, Bulls BBQ Turkey Sandwich, Planet Hoagie Italian Hoagie and Eastern Shore Crab Cake Sandwich.
Fans will have the ability to order food from their seats via the At Bat 2010 mobile application by providing their seat location and a valid credit card which is then securely processed through Citizens Bank Park's MICROS 9700 point-of-sale platform, powered by MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS). Ordering food via At Bat 2010 does not require fans to have a pre-authorized account prior to beginning the purchase process.
Citizens Bank Park is an ideal location to debut the At Bat 2010 food ordering feature. In addition to consistently ranking among the most fan-friendly ballparks in MLB, its MICROS 9700 integrated point-of-sale system has allowed the Phillies and ARAMARK to be at the forefront of pioneering new food service technologies.
"We are thrilled that MLBAM and ARAMARK have chosen Citizens Bank Park to launch this new application, and look forward to taking our fans' game-day experiences to another level," said Michael Harris, director, marketing and special projects, Philadelphia Phillies.
"As baseball fans continue to embrace mobile technology, we recognize the importance of identifying innovative opportunities to provide food and beverage services at baseball games," said Marc Bruno, president, ARAMARK Sports, Entertainment and Conventions. "We are excited to work with MLBAM and the Phillies to give fans a new way to experience games at Citizens Bank Park."
"Going to the ballpark always has been a shared experience for fans, whether they're among families, friends or business associates. The innovations we've introduced through mobile technology, including this debut of mobile food ordering at Citizens Bank Park, are intended to further enrich those personal experiences by making them more convenient, authentic and applicable to popular social networks," said Adam Ritter, vice president, wireless development, MLBAM.
In addition to food ordering, At The Ballpark offers an array of exclusive content and social media interaction for fans at Citizens Bank Park. Among those features are:
MLB.com At Bat, including the entire 2010 postseason, is available from the App Store on iPhone or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. For more information, please visit MLB.com or Phillies.com.
- Check-in: Accessible two hours prior to every scheduled home game, fans can check-in at Citizen Bank Park and deliver personal messages instantly across Twitter and Facebook.
- My Profile: A detailed look at a user's individual activity history, showing the number of games attended, ballparks visited, teams seen and teams' records in those games, among other customizable options.
- Venue Maps: With a verified check-in, fans can view detailed venue maps and complete concession menus. The maps and directories utilize the pinch-and-zoom functionality of iPhone for zoom in and out features ability across the entire venue map, allowing fans to quickly identify and navigate locations for concessions, restrooms, first aid stations, ATMs, souvenirs and customer service representatives.
- Social Media: Fans also can engage in the community of 140-character conversations going on in-and-around Citizens Bank Park with Twitter integration. In addition to being able to send messages directly from within At Bat 2010, fans can see the Tweets coming from the ballpark, as determined by geolocation technology, from other fans using designated hashtags (#phillies) and from followers' replies to the original messages.
- Video Highlights: The in-game video highlight experience within MLB.com At Bat has been enhanced exclusively for fans that have a verified check-in by offering a set of bonus in-game highlights exclusively for that individual game.
About MLB Advanced Media
Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball's Internet operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site, www.MLB.com,and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet. MLB.com offers fans the most complete baseball information and interactivity on the web, including up-to-date statistics, game previews and summaries, extensive historical information, online ticket sales, baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live full-game video webcasts and on-demand highlights, live and archived audio broadcasts of every game, Gameday pitch-by-pitch application, around-the-clock hosted and specialty video programming and complete blogging capabilities. MLB.com offers more live events on the Internet than any other website in the world.
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. The company is recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute, as the industry leader in FORTUNE magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies," and as one of America's Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site, www.aramark.com, or www.twitter.com/aramarknews.