The Arizona Cardinals have joined the rest of the NFL in 2019 in going to an all-digital ticketing process
What’s the old saying? You will never make everyone happy? Something like that and Arizona Cardinals fans are no exception to that.
The team announced this week that all tickets to preseason and regular season games will now be digital. Meaning you will have to use the team’s mobile application, a digital card for season ticket holders, or if using a third-party, it will have to be a bar code to scan, no more screen shots. No more hard tickets.
The argument for certainly makes complete sense. It will reduce fraud on tickets and will eliminate a lot of scalping scams. That’s what the NFL and the Cardinals say is the main reason.
It is part of the reason. However it also seems like a good marketing ploy as some have suggested. It is after all a huge season for the NFL and the Cardinals, both turning 100 this season.
The argument against also makes sense. There are people who don’t use smartphones. Yes, they still exist. Also, people love having the hard tickets to keep as memorabilia.
Unfortunately people are going to have to find a way to deal with it, because as much complaining as people will do, it isn’t going to change. The subject has taken a life of its own around the Valley in the news and social media.
Just because it won’t affect me as a smartphone user, there is someone out there at this very moment giving up on their chances of going to a game. In this day and age, technology continues to advance and the NFL and Cardinals are no different than others in joining that front.
Here’s hoping the non-smartphone and non-season ticket holders find a way. Somehow I don’t see a reduction in crowds. With all the excitement around this team in 2019, if there is a will, there is a way.