Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fan Experience at Sacramento Kings New Arena

Long Live The Kings is Here To Stay and a new arena is on the way. With that, I’m done with my rhyming and completely excited about the opportunity for the new Kings ownership to provide an amazing basketball and downtown Sacramento experience to fans and the community. Below, I’ve taken a stab at my first dozen fan-facing ideas that I’d like to be considered for leveraging technology to enhance the fan experience at the new arena. I’d love to hear back on ideas above beyond these or how the Sacramento Kings faithful will rate these. And yes, these are currently listed in my order of preference. These ideas are my own, not tested or vetted with any company or group. Though, I’m keenly aware of a company (one of TIBCO’s largest partners) that can facilitate making this all a reality.

Note the list doesn’t list the need for lots of monitors, wifi, where monitors need to be posted, what needs to be on monitors, etc. which I considered a given but don’t let that stop you from re-emphasizing.  I also have a list of to-dos and to-adds for the app of which the top ones are included below.  But there are clearly more.

My Top Dozen for a Savvy Technology Fan Experience

1. Tickets and parking pass barcode via phone
-make it easy like at an airport and less paper
2. Pre-order and pay for food via smartphone/app before walking to concessions
-include in app with appropriate rules/conditions
3. Location-based awareness of walking arena vendors in app
-where vendors are in arena, what they’re selling available via app, and means to identify interest
4. Game-time candids
-photos/videos of sections and suites throughout the gamethat can be searched online using ticket number
5. Suite attendees/guests listed on arena camera/board
-option for every Suite Holder to include names of companies or people in suite via TicketMaster or App
6. Tweetboards in arena and concession stands
-display tweets occurring during game
7. Enable pledges to Kingscares charity of the game
-encourage charities to drive attendance
8. SoMe of the game
-award to fans with most/highest quality SoMe posts during game / Make @Kings top NBA trender
9. Downloadable videos/photos of arena camera during game
-readily available to capture experience of game
10. Best of the game uploadable photos from the crowd
-monitored post-game and made available for others to see at Kings.com
11. Easy access to post-game downtown locations and events
-in-game videos, app updates, etc. of where to go post-game (sell ads)
12. Team and Game Gear Promotions
-targeted promotions during games and ability for fans to pre-order specific items

A few good men…

A good look through my WordPress page, my slow-written autobiography, or knowing me and my history will readily identify that I credit most good in my life to the love and direction given by my grandmothers, my mother, and a high school teacher (M. L. Kohn)- all women.  And most of my bad decisions came from not honoring those women or their advice.  I’m also very willing to provide my opinion on topics of privilege which frequently align with issues around women in the workplace or society.  I look forward to continuing to write as I do and am also delighted that today it’s weighed upon me to write about a few good men.

Walter Priester, John Hooten, and Scott Terpstra

Walter “Bunky” Priester is my uncle (mother’s brother), a friend, a retired US Army leader, an educator, a spiritual leader, a sacrificing brother, an honorable father, a loving son, and a phenomenal role model.  A lead camel in the torrential winds of the desert.  Can’t say enough about him yet lost in the words to bring together to do him justice.  Uncle Bunky, I love you!

John Hooten is a hoot.  Small in stature and big on results and bigger on the process for generating greatness.  He obsesses over the particulars and details and believes in practicing relentlessly until perfection is secondhand.  He’s the pain in the butt for anyone who wants to be great needs to have around on those days when they think they need a break from being great.

Scott Terpstra is just a good person.  That goes along with being a savvy insurance professional, thoughtful friend, and carer of his family (immediate, extended, and adopted).  Never one to claim to be the best and definitely never the worst, Scott works hard to see the best in others and is glad to help others and himself overcome challenges that may appear as daunting at firs sight.

We’re a few weeks out from Father’s Day and I’m glad that I realized that after I began writing this versus this being some sappy homage that I came up with because of Father’s Day.  I’m also glad for the example these men are to me.  I’m glad that they’ve seen me fail as much as they’ve seen me do well and treated me much the same.  They’ve encouraged me in times of high and low, and committed to being available to help me.  They’ve coached me as a father, a son, and a friend and I’m sure each would love to deliver a good whacking to me for the advice I’ve yet to put to work but they refrain from such attempts due to fear of me massive muscles.  🙂

These are all “everyday” men who choose to be their best everyday and I’ve been blessed to have them to learn from.  Maybe I’ll be as wise in another twenty years.  Unc, Coach, and Scott-  I love you.  Thanks for all that you are to me and so many others in this world.

Rambling before a real post

Being relatively new to WordPress, I’ve noticed the date since my last post progressively age over the past two months.  There were times where I thought, “Man, I’m becoming irrelevant.”  Which is funny and obviously all ego talking because that would suggest I’d been irrelevant for the 40 years that I didn’t have a WordPress blog.  And we KNOW that’s not the case…. yes- me adding to the ego claim.

Whatever the case, there was an underlying self-created pressure to say something.  Which reminds me of the many alcoholics I grew up around.  If you can’t relate, something I found common amongst alcoholics is their willingness to profess and make clear that they have something to say.  It usually goes (imagine being said with a drunken slur), “OHHH!!!  I got sumtin’ to say, ya betcha!”  Even funnier, that was often said when no one was saying anything to them or refuting their position.  Maybe it’s not appropriate or funny to laugh at such behavior but it was free entertainment that I and others enjoyed our front-row seat to.

I admit that I’ve spent more than a few alcoholic moments (without the drink) languishing on the fact that I have something to say and will write something soon on my WordPress page.  Thankfully, I’ve managed to hold off on writing anything until I actually had something to say and not just out of the urge to say something.  With that, I will hush on my rambling and begin to share something worth sharing from my very relevant state of mind.

Have a blessed day.