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VenueNext, SeatGeek Partner on Mobile Ticketing App for Minnesota United FC

Stadium integration platform VenueNext has partnered with Minnesota United FC to build a mobile ticketing app for the 2019 MLS season. The app will use SeatGeek’s ticketing technology, making the company the official ticket provider for Minnesota United.
The app will be part of MNUFC’s plans to shift to a 100 percent digital ticketing system for all events at the club’s new home, Allianz Field. The new stadium is expected to open in March. VenueNext has previously built apps for the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Timberwolves, providing fans with game-day services such as mobile ticketing, mobile concessions and merchandise, and team news.

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“Our goal with this app is to provide a door-to-door experience for fans that supplements and enhances what we know is going to be a one-of-kind game day atmosphere at Allianz Field,” said MNUFC CEO Chris Wright in a team press release. “Allianz Field will have so much to offer fans and this app is going to be the best way for fans to get easy access to all that it has to offer.”
Minnesota United’s new app will represent the first time that a VenueNext-built platform is fully integrated with the SeatGeek ticketing marketplace. Outside of buying and selling tickets, the new app will offer fans access to exclusive team video and news content, as well as an integrated maps system to help navigate the new stadium. The app is scheduled to launch in early 2019 according to MNUFC’s official press release.
“Our partnership with MNUFC expands our footprint in Major League Soccer and marks our first integration of SeatGeek’s ticketing technology into our platform,” said Anthony Perez, chief executive officer at VenueNext, in the press release. “VenueNext’s platform allows teams to build stronger connections with fans by providing a seamless and dynamic experience, using our rich data and powerful marketing tools. We look forward to the grand opening of Allianz Field and helping MNUFC to deliver a truly mobile-first experience.”
SportTechie Takeaway
VenueNext has also built mobile apps for the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, and San Francisco 49ers. The Silicon Valley company was founded in 2013 and recently announced plans to expand its mobile technology platform into European stadiums. This partnership with Minnesota United is another step forwards for SeatGeek within an extremely competitive mobile ticketing industry. The company has previously integrated its mobile ticketing marketplace into popular apps such as Snapchat and ride-sharing company Lyft. 


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Vikings Owners Launch WISE Ventures Investment Company

Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf have formally launched WISE Ventures, a Manhattan-based investment firm. The firm seeks early investment opportunities within sports, entertainment, real estate, and technology.
Wilf Innovative Sports and Entertainment Ventures will pursue tech-related investment opportunities that include streaming media, data analytics, fitness and health technologies, gaming, and communications platforms, the firm said in a news release on Tuesday. Zygi Wilf is the principal owner of the Vikings, while younger brother Mark serves as the team’s president and co-owner.

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“We have a passion for investing in, and collaborating with, next-gen companies who are on the leading edge of ideas that can ultimately enhance people’s lives,” said Mark Wilf in a statement. “With our deep industry networks and management experience, we are able to assess, champion and add value to accelerate growth in rapidly evolving industries.”
The firm has already invested in sports technology companies such as fantasy sports content provider SportsHub Games Network and automated video highlights platform WSC Sports. A full list of WISE Ventures’ current portfolio is available on the company’s website.
SportTechie Takeaway
The Wilf family net worth stands at $5 billion according to a 2015 report of the 50 wealthiest people in New Jersey. Before purchasing the Vikings in 2005, the Wilfs originally achieved wealth through real estate company Garden Homes, which was founded by Mark and Zygi’s father in 1954. The Wilf family’s existing investment portfolio also includes stadium-tech company VenueNext. Their newly minted venture capital firm figures to establish them as prominent investors in the sports-tech space.


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