About Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Officially opened in 1995, Durham Bulls Athletic Park was expanded to a 10,000-seat capacity in 1998, the same year the Durham Bulls began playing in the Triple-A International League. The Durham Bulls are a Minor League Baseball team of the Triple-A East and the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Fans can scan a QR code to instantly access the concession stands at the ballpark.
Explore each stand’s menu and have it for pickup or delivery.
Payment is securely processed digital via credit card or mobile wallet.
Upon payment, guests can track their order in real time and receive order status text alerts.
Increasing Order Size and Frequency
Now that concession ordering is made more convenient, Durham Bulls fans are placing bigger and more frequent orders — and they know that it won’t take more than a few clicks of a button.
In fact, concession revenue per cap on average triples if fans order with FanFood. Encouraged by potentially a huge increase in revenue, Dave and his team then went on to offer in-seat delivery. This initiative has really helped mobile ordering take off within the stadium. Especially when bad weathers hit, delivery becomes a very popular option as fans just don’t feel like leaving their seats.
Durham Bulls fans on average watch only three games per season, which means at any one game, over 60% of the fans would be first-timers of that season. That means at any given game, the vast majority of orders would be by new customers who are using FanFood for the first time. However, by looking at the order data after each game, Dave found that since the implementation of FanFood, the percentage of returning fans has increased.
“That’s telling me that we have found the right system and conveyed it to the fans, and now they are returning to use it again and again,” Dave said.
Higher order values and spend per fan.
Standing in line is virtually eliminated.
MORE REPEAT ORDERS
Fans order up to 5 times per game on FanFood
BETTER FAN EXPERIENCE
Higher satisfaction and more time to enjoy the game.
Effectively Driving Fan Adoption
Dave found that the most effective way to get fans to download the app has been seat stickers. Every other seat in the ballpark has a QR code for downloading FanFood, which made it easy for fans scan and get the app. Once fans open the app, they’d realize that using the app is pretty much a no-brainer.
“If you look at the trend…everyone has an app and everyone is ordering [from restaurants],” Dave said. “And the customers have already been trained to use an ordering app [like FanFood] at a ballpark.”
Mobile ordering has become such a prevalent trend within the food & beverage industry that whether it’s a customer’s first or 20th time using the app, they know the drill: place the order, grab the bag with your name on it and go.
“Because that’s how it works at other places, there’s no reason it doesn’t work at a ballpark the exact same way,” Dave says. “I want to take a step forward; I definitely want to [use FanFood] and make [concession sales] better. It’s something I keep wanting to push, and I tell people it’s worth giving it a try.”
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“The fans thought this is the greatest thing in the world — that they don't have to get out of their seats and wait in the concession lines.”
Dave Levey, Director of Food & Beverage, Durham Bulls Athletic ParkRead Success Story
“We have a lot of repeat customers...when a fan sees how easy it is to order food on the FanFood app, they will come back and repeat the process.”
Mary Laci Motley, FanFood Runner/Student Entrepreneur UNC Chapel HillRead Success Story