A View From My Seat: Scout the view from every seat in the house

Panko, checking out the view from a seat at Citizens Bank Park yesterday, says he wants to give fans an advance view.

Thanks to a South Philadelphia man, there’s no need to worry about purchasing a pricey stadium ticket and getting stuck behind a foul pole or glass partition.

At least that’s the vision behind A View From My Seat, a website and Android app that encourages users to upload cell phone shots of, well, the view from their seats in thousands of venues around the world.

“The idea came out of me and my wife wanting to find a better place to sit before we bought Phillies season tickets,” said creator Frank Panko, 36. “We looked around at a game and everyone had a smartphone, iPhone or Android and they were all taking photos.”

The app, which was released in beta mode last July, currently shows views from over 7,000 seats across the country and about 600 in Philadelphia, where its following is the strongest.

Baseball is the most popular sport, but people can send pictures from any event. “Some of the stuff we get surprises us: golf, some Nascar and monster truck rallies,” said Panko, who quit his job two weeks ago to focus on developing the program full-time. “Outside of the U.S., we do well with soccer, especially the Premier League in the U.K. Whatever people send, as long as it’s venue-related, we just try to adapt to it.” 

Though a View From My Seat currently has photos from 1,200 venues, Panko estimates that it covers less than 1 percent of available seats in the country, a figure he hopes to change. “I’d like to see if I can partner with a bigger company like StubHub or Ticketmaster to have photos show up when you’re actually buying tickets or to get people discounts for every photo they share,” Panko said.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Hillary Clinton headed to Boston for women's leadership…

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Massachusetts Wednesday amid continuing speculation about making another bid for the presidency in 2016.

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox walk off with…

Red Sox pick up first walk off win of 2014

MLB

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at…

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at 11 a.m.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings…

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings in Game 2

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.