If you’re a Seattle sports fan looking for last-minute deals on game tickets, a new app that just launched in town may be worth checking out.
Gametime, which started in San Francisco and is now in eight markets, scours the Internet for the best deals on game tickets and brings them to your smartphone.
Tickets to sporting events generally decrease as the game approaches, and Gametime says it can save fans a substantial amount off sticker prices. The app, which features panoramic shots from stadium sections, allows you to pay for tickets and download them straight to your phone without having to print anything.
You can also text or email tickets you’ve purchased on the app to friends. Gametime makes money by taking a small cut from every ticket purchase.
CEO Brad Griffith got the idea for Gametime after he missed the first inning of an MLB playoff game two years ago because of problems with printing tickets. He compares the app to HotelTonight, which finds cheap, last-minute hotel deals. Coincidentally, the founders of HotelTonight are investors in Gametime — which has raised $900,000 — as are owners of the Giants and Warriors.
Griffith, who sold his last startup to Groupon, said his company is “fired up” about the potential in the Seattle market.
“Seattle is an epic sports town,” Griffith told GeekWire. “The Sounders are good, Seahawks are definitely good and the Mariners are in the playoff chase. Plus, the city is a tech hub. We’re very fired up about the potential here.”