Every baseball fan dreams of one day grabbing a foul or home run ball. Now there’s an iPhone app designed to help fulfil that wish.
The folks at IdealSeat have been collecting data since 2012 on balls that land in the seats in different MLB ballparks and are compiling a guide to display which sections on average get the most action.
It’s a neat tool considering each stadium has unique dimensions and obviously the home team roster has its own hitting quirks.
For example, here’s a heat map of where balls land in Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
Your best shot at grabbing a ball is to sit in Section 110.
So far, the app only includes six ballparks — Citi Field, PNC Park, Camden Yards, Safeco Field, AT&T Park and Tropicana Field — but developers are trying to add more by asking the public to help map where balls land in exchange for free tickets.
It should be noted, however, that despite all of the data fans still have a slim chance of getting a ball. Even hot spots, which can include hundreds of seats, might get one or two balls per game.
The app also includes info on weather and stadium concessions, plus ways to buy tickets from partner companies.