Sports arenas are the #2 most checked-in places, behind airports, on Foursquare and Facebook Places.
While social media is, well, social, we haven't seen any sports sites that let you browse who was at a sports venue.
So we decided to create a site dedicated solely to sports check-ins.
We hope you enjoy and appreciate your honest feedback to improve the site.
SportShadow is a creation of Tariq Ahmad (@tariq_ahmad).
His brother Nabeel (@nabeeloo) helped out with some tech stuff.
PS - Yes, we checked in to the Oklahoma - Florida St 2011 game in Tallahassee.
Q: What all can I do on SportShadow? A: The site is based around venues where teams play their games. You can:
view check-in trends from each sport
compare teams in the same sport
see how many people checked-in at a specific game
view sports venue Foursquare tips
view check-ins from past games
Also, make new Foursquare friends by browsing each game's ShadowMap!
Q: Why are you only showing check-ins for NFL, NCAA, NHL, and EPL? A: These sports are in-season and most popular, in terms of check-ins. We'll add more sports
in the future, including NBA, MLS, and NASCAR. Keep coming back for updates!
Q: So...how exactly does this all work? A: We use Foursquare and Facebook Places API to collect check-ins at sports venues.
We then do some crazy stuff to make it all look good for you.
Q: You only have Foursquare and Facebook Places data. Any other sites? A: We use Foursquare check-ins only. Other sites may be added at a later date.
These are the most popular "check-in" services (by daily check-ins), also known as a location-based service (LBS).
Q: Why the name SportShadow? A: We keep track of where sports fans check-in. So we're like a shadow at each game.
Q: Have you done research on sports and social media? A: Yes. Tariq is completing his PhD in Sports Management at the University of Northern Colorado, where he's looking at the intersection
between sports and social media. He presented Social Media and the NBA: Where It's @ at SXSW 2011 and led a panel on sports and
social media at Social Media Week NY 2011. Tariq has also done a lot of research on the mix of sports and LBS.