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RateYourSeats.com Update - Summer 2019

Published Sep 20, 2019 / by Keith Hanson

My favorite monthly read is the Monthly Web Development Update Anselm Hannemann writes at Smashing Magazine. His posts aggregate the best reads in web design and development. Sadly, this month's post is the last in the series. While I will miss the monthly roundup, it inspired me to start writing a regular series about what's happening at RateYourSeats.com.

This series will be published semi-regularly (every 3-6 months) and will feature product developments, employee activities and customer suggestions. I hope that this series will showcase our commitment to helping fans find the best seats, give prospective employees insight into the business and demonstrate transparency to our customers.If you have any suggestions or comments, shoot us a note at [email protected] Thanks for reading!

Summer Intern Class of 2019

Our 2019 intern class was our biggest and best yet! We welcomed five interns and their contributions were enormous! Thank you for everything you did for us this summer!

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Morgan Dunn - University of Illinois
Emma Cavalier
- Villanova
Nayan Patel
- Ohio State
Michael Hanson
-  Wichita State
DJ Poland - Central Florida

Launching 360-degree Stadium Views

One of the most common bucket list items for diehard baseball fans is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums. Our team accomplished that feat in less than 100 days this spring.

Our goal was to take a 360-degree photo from every section in every Major League ballpark. Project 360 kicked off at PNC Park on April 1st and concluded June 26th at Fenway Park. RYS employees took Insta360 cameras all across the country and came back with an incredible collection of interactive media.

About four weeks after the last photos came in, we had them live on the website using the A-Frame web framework.         

We Moved into a New Office!

We've spent the last two-plus years at Novel Office in Chicago. We occupied six different offices in the same building before moving into an upgraded space on June 1st. We love the extra space, natural light and great views of the Sears Tower - though it is starting to feel a bit empty with the interns having gone back to school.

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My son Lucas doing his best Boss Baby impression in our new office

Bowling for Charity

Our first team event of the summer was the Cubs/White Sox game at Wrigley Field on June 18th. Eloy Jimenez launched a two-run home run in the 9th inning to haunt the Cubs and give the White Sox a 3-1 victory.

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Eloy watching his game-winning home run vs. the Cubs (adapted from suntimes.com)

Our last team event of the summer with the interns was charity bowling. Everyone chose a charity and earned donation dollars based on the number of pins, spares and strikes they recorded.

In total, more than one thousand dollars was donated to charities, including the Parkinson's Foundation and After School Matters. Also, special shout-out to the Epi4Dogs Foundation, which read the donation inscription and emailed us back - letting us know it was the first time they received a donation from a bowling group 🎳.

First Annual Darts Tournament

At the end of July we had to say good-bye to Austin Dixon, who was our Sports and Music Stadium Researcher. Austin traveled to dozens of stadiums throughout North America in his eight months with the company before accepting a position in medical school.

Austin played darts nearly every day over the summer with the interns. So we decided that Austin's going away "gift" would be a highly-organized team darts tournament.

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Alejandro and his first-place trophy for winning Austin's dart tournament

The multi-week tournament included a seeding shootout, a round-robin tournament and a championship round. Ultimately, the Flip Flops - captained by Alejandro - overcame 2% odds to win the tournament and take home the trophy. We're hoping a few interns come back over winter break to participate in a winter tournament!  

Football Data Audit Complete

For every sports season we conduct a data audit that ensures the accuracy and comprehensiveness of our seating charts, tickets and seating information. This year's football audit was the biggest one yet and wrapped up at the end of August.

The NBA, NHL and college basketball audits will be conducted throughout September and October. If you notice any data inaccuracies on our website, please drop us a note

Customer Suggestions

One of the most polarizing concepts in the ticket industry is zone tickets. These are tickets that a seller lists in a section and row and then promises to provide tickets in a comparable or better section and row.

Some fans don't mind purchasing zone tickets because sometimes it is the only way to secure seats for a show. Unfortunately, we had two customers this summer who thought they were getting seats in the exact section and row listed. Zone listings have lengthy disclaimers and RateYourSeats.com was the first - and may still be the only - ticket company to label these types of tickets as "Zone Seating". Never-the-less, these customers were upset to receive tickets in a non-matching row.

To respond to these customer complaints, we have removed the listed row from zone tickets and replaced it with the word "Zone". We hope this will help mitigate confusion from future customers.

Stadiums We Visited

I wish we started these update posts a long time ago - just so that our users and customers could see how seriously we take our stadium data. Our staff visits 50-100 stadiums per year. Here are the stadiums and events we attended this summer (May 1 - August 31).

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My favorite captured moment from the last four months was from Disturbed at Budweiser Gardens in Canada. I expect this to show up on Google as a stock photo for "rock concert" by the end of the year.
StadiumEventNotes
Angel StadiumLA Angels
Cadillac PalaceLes MiserablesMultiple Visits
CenturyLink FieldSeattle Sounders
Chase FieldArizona Diamondbacks
Citi FieldNew York Mets
Comerica ParkDetroit Tigers
Coors FieldColorado Rockies
Dodger StadiumLA Dodgers
Fenway ParkBoston Red SoxMultiple Visits
Fifth Third Arena
Gillette StadiumNE Revolution, Dead and Company
Globe Life ParkTexas Rangers
Gorge AmphitheaterCage the Elephant and Beck
Great American BallparkCincinnati Reds
Guaranteed Rate FieldChicago White SoxMultiple Visits
Hollywood BowlChris Tomlin
Madison Square GardenBilly Joel
Minute Maid ParkHouston Astros
Nederlander TheaterFalsettos
Oakland ColiseumOakland A's
Oracle ArenaPentatonix
Oracle ParkSF Giants
Park TheaterJanet Jackson
Petco ParkSD Padres
Progressive FieldCleveland IndiansMultiple Visits
Red Rocks
Rockland PavilionSlightly Stoopid
Rogers CentreToronto Blue Jays
Rose BowlBTS
Soldier FieldChicago Bears, The Rolling Stones
Sunlight Supply AmphitheatreCage the Elephant and Beck
Tacoma DomeQueen
Target FieldMinnesota Twins
TD GardenHugh Jackman
T-Mobile ParkSeattle Mariners
Wrigley FieldChicago CubsMultiple Visits
Xcel Energy CenterHillsong United
Xfinity CenterDave Matthews Band
Yankee StadiumNew York Yankees