Mobile app will allow fans at Iowa Cubs games to skip concession stand lines

Missing a part of the game to get something from the concession stand is no longer a worry.

Starting June 26, FanFood, a mobile concession platform, will allow fans attending Iowa Cubs games to use the app to order concessions and have it ready for pickup or delivered directly to their seat.

Brad Six, General Manager of Centerplate, handles all of the food at Principal Park and confirmed the partnership Friday morning.

Dustin Hemesath, President of FanFood, told Clay & Milk Friday that the app can be used for concerts, sporting events or anything where there is live action going on.

“We don’t want anyone to miss the big play,” Hemesath said.

He said anybody with a seat location at Principal Park can order for delivery or express pickup. The app is free to download and sends a notification to the customer’s phone when the order is ready for pickup or on its way for delivery.

Prices are the same as the concession stand but there’s a $1 convenience fee for pickups and a $3 charge for delivery.

Hemesath said FanFood launched on May 9 in Austin, Texas at the 360 Amphitheatre. They have since secured contracts with a raceway in Houston and with the San Jose Earthquakes, a Major League Soccer franchise in California, along with the Iowa Cubs.

He said more partnerships are in the works.

In Texas, Hemesath said FanFood partners with the Central Texas Food Bank who provides some volunteers that act as runners and prepare orders. In exchange, FanFood donates what the volunteers salary would be to the charity.

“For every dollar we give it equals out to about 11 meals that they are able to provide back to hungry people,” Hemesath explained. “So we’re working on trying to partner with the Iowa Food Bank in the same way.”

Hemesath said he’s actively looking for volunteers to form a similar partnership.

“Between now and October we have about 1,000 volunteer shifts in our four locations” Hemesath explained. “That would be over $40,000 in donations.”

He said FanFood could pay to have employees work but by partnering with the local charities ties into the FanFood brand.

“It’s feeding hungry fans and hungry Americans,” Hemesath says. “But we want to give back to people who are less fortunate. It’s part of our beliefs.”