Aug. 7, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Seton Hall Athletic Department on Wednesday unveiled a fresh look for SHUPirates.com through its new partnership with the CBSSports.com College Network. The Pirates’ customized official athletics website was strategically designed to enhance functionality with a concise navigation. The new SHUPirates.com was built on a comprehensive digital network that will allow fans to consume the latest information on Seton Hall’s 14 athletic programs through a multitude of platforms.
The innovative site design highlights the most heavily trafficked areas of SHUPirates.com. The new “sticky” menu bar at the top of every page keeps fans one click away from their MyPirates Ticket Account, Pirate Blue, scores/schedules and a ‘Connect’ with the Pirates landing page.
The ‘Connect’ tab is a one stop destination that features all of Seton Hall athletics’ digital offerings (E-Newsletter, AD Newsletter, mobile alerts, social media, and soon to launch iPhone, iPad and Android apps) where fans can subscribe to their preferred method for keeping up with the Pirates. Additionally, the dropdown panel was revamped for easy navigation to specific pages, such as the ‘Sports’ menu where one touch of the mouse sends fans directly to their favorite team’s homepage, roster, schedule, stats or twitter page.
The Pirate Sports Network embedded video player was also placed in a centralized location on the site, along with quick tabs located in the ‘Headlines’ box for easy access to the latest on-demand video content. The rapidly growing Pirate Sports Network produces a complete package of live event broadcasts, pre-game and post-game commentary, highlights, and a variety of video features that spotlight Seton Hall’s teams and student-athletes. The complete fall 2013-14 Pirate Sports Network live broadcast schedule will be announced soon.
One of the objectives for SHUPirates.com was to integrate a stronger social media presence for the Pirates into the site. Every team page is now customized with the program’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts. The @SHUAthletics twitter feed scrolls through the bottom of every page, and within the “sticky bar” there are icons linked to the Seton Hall Athletics Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
SHUPirates.com will extend its reach in the mobile and tablet arenas with soon to be launched iPhone, iPad and Android applications. The apps will feature everything from news updates, live scoring, in-app alerts, as well as live and on-demand video content. Additionally, SHUPirates.com’s revamped mobile website, which is available for any device, will enhance the visiting experience. Pirate Sports Network video content will also be available in native web browsers on most mobile devices through CBSSports.com College Network’s latest rollout of HTML5.
SHUPirates.com is among the most visible representation of Seton Hall Athletics. Its new sleek design and digital presence keeps the Pirates in the forefront of college athletics media.