Champion San Jose Earthquakes Win with Xamarin.Forms and Xamarin Insights
Avaya Stadium, home to the two-time MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes, is widely considered to be the best soccer stadium in the U.S. Selected to create a premium app for the new stadium, Xamarin Premier Consulting Partner ArcTouch needed a cross-platform solution to provide an app that would be fun and engaging on game day, and enable the Quakes’ fervent fan base to interact with the team at any time, from anywhere.
With just four months to produce an app for iOS and Android, ArcTouch turned to Xamarin.Forms for fast, cost-effective app development.
“By utilizing Xamarin.Forms we were able to share 100% of the business logic, and 80% of the UI code across all platforms,” says Adam Fingerman, Founder and Chief Experience Officer at ArcTouch.
The powerful app provides several key features for the Earthquakes’ fans, including the ability to buy tickets, browse player bios, and connect to the team on social media. The app also helps fans navigate to and within the stadium with driving directions, FAQs, and an interactive map of amenities.
ArcTouch also used Xamarin Insights with the app, which enabled them to find and fix an issue that affected 3% of Android users within 48 hours. They were so impressed with this capability that they now offer Xamarin Insights with all of their mobile apps.
“Without Xamarin Insights, it would have taken much longer for us to identify the problem and caused a lot more user frustration,” says Fingerman. “The early warning spared us a lot of angst.”
Ultimately, the San Jose Earthquakes were thrilled with the resulting app and all of it’s leading edge features, including the ability to easily update in-app content without publishing a new app version and scan attendees into the stadium through the app instead of using paper tickets.
“We’ve spent the last three years building a state-of-the-art stadium, laboring over every detail to provide a fan experience that rivals any other in the world and the app is a critical piece,” says Earthquakes president Dave Kaval. “ArcTouch scored big for us. The result is a truly engaging app we think our fans will love.”
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