Colts hope mobile app enhances game day

INDIANAPOLIS - The creation at hand was one that's was nine months in the making. 

Sometimes for Ryan Fannin, it can seem nearly as long to explain what this new blue piece of technology is all about. 

From the stats to the pictures to the video and info. For the Indianapolis Colts Director of Football Technology, it could be the pride of the applications in the National Football League.

"Very happy with the finished product," said Fannin of the new phone app that was made available for Colts fans on Tuesday for their smartphone, Blackberry or I Pod touch systems. 

It was the culmination of nine months of work on the product that is meant to keep the casual fan informed but more to enhance the experience of those who venture downtown to the corner of South and Missouri.

As the 20th team in the NFL to create such an app, everything is about game day once the devices turn on.

"Making it the best experience possible," said Fannin-and there are number of ways that can happen around Lucas Oil Stadium.

For one the app offers a significant amount of help to fans to find amenities and and around Lucas Oil Stadium, which will have WiFi for Colts fans to get onto once they arrive.

There is an option to check out stadium traffic around south downtown and then when you get in the stadium there is a map for fans to find their seat and places to eat. 

Once in their seat, the options open. Within the app there is the ability to watch three different angles of the game streaming into the phones or mobile devices. If the audio is king, than an option exists to pick up the game call from Colts play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey.

"They really want to be at the stadium," said Fannin when it comes to fans getting to know the app-but just getting to the seat is just the beginning.

There is also an option to buy something from the Colts Pro Shop, purchase tickets for future games and check out fantasy stats. If someone is causing a fan problems while doing this, than an option on the app allows them to report such behavior to security. 

Of course this will get its first run-through on Sunday when the Colts host the Vikings in the home opener. Fannin says the team has already planned ahead in case there are glitches with the system or WiFi that will help the apps function.

"We're gonna have 16 people on the site at the stadium to help people through the app," said Fannin. "If they have any questions or any problems they need to search out the people in the orange shirts that are there to help them."

So that way the fans can help themselves to a number of things from the touch of a pad.

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