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11 Historic American Venues Powered by Appetize’s Modern Cloud-Based Solutions

June 9, 2021

Customer Spotlight,Guest Ordering Trends,Trends & Insights

From world renowned stadiums to legendary theme parks, Appetize powers digital and mobile ordering and payments technology at hundreds of popular venues across the country. In this post, we’re throwing a spotlight on some of these historic stadiums, arenas, and family entertainment venues that have inspired millions of guests with live sports, concerts, theater, and more for over a century. 

Rich with heritage, these 11 Appetize partners are cultural institutions that have stood the test of time. If you plan on visiting, be sure to check out Appetize’s next-generation solutions that help shorten lines, improve guest experiences and keep the venues thriving!

1. Monmouth Park – Oceanport, NJ

Opened in 1870, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey is one of the oldest horse racing tracks in America. Its current structure dates back to 1946 when the park reopened for the third time after a 53-year hiatus. Today, guests can order food and beverages at multiple locations within the venue through Appetize omni-channel point of sale devices. 


2. Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR

The  Oregon Zoo sprawls 64 acres in Portland and attracts 1.5 million visitors a year. It’s famous for being the top paid attraction in the Pacific Northwest. Since opening in 1888, the zoo has focused on conservation and education, and supports more than 215 species of animals including 15 endangered species and 7 threatened species. Guests can order food and beverages at multiple locations within the venue through Appetize’s contactless payment solutions including mobile ordering. 


3. Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin’s Majestic Theatre is the state’s oldest theater, originally opened in 1906 as a Vaudeville theatre. In addition to live music, the theater hosts stand-up comedy, themed parties, retro dance parties, and “Brew n’ View” movies, and it remains the state’s most well known live performing arts venue. The theater recently reopened at full capacity following health guidelines powered by Appetize’s contactless solutions.


4. Fenway Park – Boston, MA

The world renowned Fenway Park stadium in Boston, Massachusetts opened in 1912 and is considered a national treasure. The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series in 2018, 2013, 2007, 2004, 1918, 1916, 1915, 1912, and 1903, making them tied for 3rd place with the Oakland A’s for most World Series wins. The first official game at Fenway was played on April 20, 1912. With more than 100 years of glory and sporting history visiting Fenway is like a pilgrimage for many fans.  


5. LSU stadium – Baton Rouge, LA

While Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge opened in 1860, Tiger Stadium—home stadium of the LSU Tigers football team—opened in 1924 to much fanfare. Tiger Stadium opened with a capacity of 12,000 in 1924. Renovations and expansions have brought the stadium’s current capacity to 102,321, making it the third-largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), sixth largest stadium in the NCAA and the eighth largest stadium in the world. Prior to 1924, LSU played its home games at State Field, which was located on the old LSU campus in Downtown Baton Rouge. LSU has played in 52 NCAA bowl games in its history. Appetize is proud to have helped this historic stadium go cashless


6. Keswick Theatre – Glenside, Pennsylvania

Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, originally opened as a Vaudeville/movie house. It was designed by acclaimed architect Horace Trumbauer who also designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1981, the theater was remodeled to become a performing arts center. Keswick Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests can order food and beverages within the venue through Appetize’s omnichannel payment solutions. 


7. Kinnick Stadium – Iowa City, Iowa

Originally built as Iowa Stadium in 1929, the venue’s name was changed to Kinnick Stadium to honor Iowa’s 1939 Heisman Trophy winner, Nile Kinnick. The historic stadium has been home to the Iowa Hawkeyes for 91 seasons since being built, with a current capacity of 69,000. Appetize contactless payment solutions can be found throughout the venue including handhelds, kiosks and more.


8. National Gallery of Art – Washington D.C.

Opened in 1937, the iconic National Gallery of Art  in Washington D.C. was gifted to the U.S. Andrew W. Mellon a financier and art collector who served as secretary of the treasury under four presidents from 1921 to 1932. Today, its collection consists of more than 150,000 pieces of art. Their Sculpture Garden and West Building have already reopened and they plan to reopen the East Building on June 18.


9. Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX

Six Flags Over Texas—the very first of the Six Flags theme parks—opened its gates in 1961. Located in Arlington, Texas, the park’s six original themed areas were modeled after the six countries whose flags once flew over the state, including Spain, Mexico, France, Texas, the Old South and the U.S. Currently the park has 10 themed areas.  Appetize has helped the park go fully cashless this year. 


10. Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

The legendary Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, opened its doors in 1962, making it the third oldest continuously-used ballpark in MLB history. Since then, the Dodgers have hosted nine World Series and have won four World Championships. 

With 56,000 seats, Dodger Stadium is the largest baseball stadium in the country. 

Live events at the legendary venue have included rock, pop and opera royalty, a papal visit and unique events such as motorcycle racing and monster truck events. As one of the top entertainment destinations in the country, the park also boasts a unique and picturesque setting, carved into the hillside of Chavez Ravine overlooking downtown LA to the south and the San Gabriel mountains to the north. Dodger Stadium has hosted more than 147 million fans since it opened its doors in 1962. Appetize is truly honored to be the digital and mobile commerce partner of this iconic venue.


11. Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, CA

The youngest historic landmark on our list—celebrating 54 storied years— is the Anaheim Convention Center which opened in 1967 as a basketball arena. Shortly after, it was transformed into a convention hall. The venue underwent several major renovations and is now the largest exhibition facility on the West Coast having hosted notable events including VidCon, Anime Expo, and events during the 1984 Summer Olympics. They reopened at limited capacity this April and we’re excited to partner with them to enable safe and contactless transactions across the venue.

If you’re looking to change the fan experience at your sports or entertainment venue or family attraction Appetize can help. Give your guests the power to order and pay however they want, whenever they want. Our cloud-based omnichannel platform is designed for the future of the guest experience and can help you increase sales, streamline operations, generate more revenue and convert every bit of data into crucial business intelligence. Click here to learn more.