Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento Kings + Golden 1 Center app was awarded an Appy Award in the sports category by Media Post Communications, in conjunction with Internet Week New York. The unique, dual-mode – team and venue – app was developed by the Sacramento Kings in-house technology team with industry-leading digital technology provider Built.io and designed by digital creative agency M&C Saatchi LA. The Kings digital and technology innovations recently have been honored by Fast Company as the “Most Innovative Company in Sports” and with the number 1 spot on SportTechie’s “25 Most Tech Savvy Sports Teams.”
The app allows fans to connect directly with the enhanced features of Golden 1 Center, the world’s most technologically advanced arena, for Kings games, concerts, family show or events. It serves as the fans’ remote control to the venue, connecting fans with real-time, on-demand information to enhance the event experience beginning beyond the walls of the arena, through the smart ticket turnstiles, as fans navigate to their seats, and beyond.
“By connecting our guests to the arena through a smart, next-generation app, we can create hyper-personalized experiences,” said Kings Chief Technology Officer Ryan Montoya. “With technology, we’re able to remove barriers creating a seamless, frictionless event experience that gives Kings fans and concert guests information at their fingertips at a moment’s notice.”
Industry-first functions allow fans to interact with the team in truly unique ways, including real-time gaming and beacon-triggered photo display in the arena’s plaza. The backend of the app is designed to be nimble and dynamic, running 1,500 automations per Kings game across ten unique application program interfaces, ranging from the NBA to Urban Airship to PubNub. The app uses Built.io Flow and Backend to create real-time APIs that deliver instant updates directly to users. This enhances the real-time experience with up-to-the-moment scores, play-by-play info, shot-chart details, team and player stats, and more during games.
“Today’s modern sports fans expect their experiences to be digital, smart and automated no matter where they watch the game,” said Neha Sampat, CEO, Built.io. “With the Sacramento Kings + Golden 1 Center App, fans have everything they need to enjoy an intuitive experience, by accessing real-time information about essential functions – leading to a world-class fan experience.”
To learn more or download the Sacramento Kings + Golden 1 Center App, visit http://www.nba.com/kings/kings-app/.