Spurred on by the discovery that all of the data sources I’d been using had disappeared, I spent yesterday frantically getting GameTonight? working again; and did so by finishing the 2.0 re-design.
If there is a game tonight, then the background changes to an interior shot of the appropriate stadium/arena. When there isn’t a game, then an empty stadium is shown. I think the resulting effect is pretty great. Click around through the different metro areas to see what I mean.
It took a bit of effort to round up images1 for every team in every metro area. Thanks to Andy for his help with the leg-work there.
There are definitely a few bugs hanging around and a bit of polishing that still needs to happen – we’ll be continuing to touch stuff up over the next few days or so. If anyone has a favorite mobile web weather site2 that allows linking directly to a zip code – please chime in. The weather links are functional but the site we’re linking too feels very outdated.
We’re also planning to add support for New Orleans, Pittsburgh and New York – look for those soon.
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@alexkingorg Very slick!
@alexkingorg Isn’t there a game tonight, though? Or does pre-season not count?
And you added MLS! Yay!
Only for Seattle so far – I saw the turnout on a televised Sounders game, it made sense to add it.
@alexkingorg are you intending to include preseason NFL games? If so, then Seattle is missing the game tonight.
@scott_peterson4 @jakep36 I configured it to exclude all pre-season games, but perhaps I should allow for NFL.
I love the new look. While you’re in there, can icons that represent each team at the bottom link to that teams’ schedule? The next question I end up asking when I see “No” is “OK, where are they playing tonight, then?”.
It’s a beautiful redesign, very nice!
Totally agree with @hildjj however – what I find myself struggling with is what TV channel the game will be on. Even with premium MLB package, Yanks games sometimes on Yes Network, sometimes on national (Fox, ESPN, etc) and sometimes on rival network.
TL;DR – Add television programming support
Also, consider creating pages for ‘is there a [sport] game tonight’ and then do your ip lookup for appro page.
In a similar vein, create pages for ‘is there a [team name] game tonight’
I love the interactive stadium photos. Filled if there’s a game; empty if not. Nice touch.