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No More Print-At-Home Tickets for Giants Games at MetLife

Mkdaman1818 : 3/9/2018 3:41 pm
Just got an email:

Digital Ticketing:
This year, Giants season tickets are fully digital and accessible on your mobile device from the Giants team app or through the Giants’ Account Manager.
You will still receive commemorative tickets in the mail that can be used to enter the stadium. Typically tickets are mailed in mid-late July.
You will no longer be able to print your Giants tickets for access into MetLife Stadium on gameday. Simply access your tickets from your smartphone and present at the gate.
In the coming weeks, you will receive additional information via email in regard to digital ticketing and step-by-step instructions on how to access, upload and manage your digital tickets.
Bogus  
BigBlue84 : 3/9/2018 4:08 pm : link
The Yankees did this a couple of years ago, I always felt it was a bit of a corporate ripoff move for a few reasons.

1. Anyone without a smartphone must procure hard tickets to go to a game. I realize that's a minority of people, but they shouldn't be penalized.
2. Good luck selling any extra tickets you have in the parking lot, unless you have the hard tickets.
3. It makes it generally more annoying to send your tickets to friends or sell them online. You have to go through their proprietary app or some other BS instead of just owning the PDF that you can send wherever whenever.
To be honest  
redwhiteandbigblue : 3/9/2018 4:25 pm : link
until I became a STH I scalped tickets on Rt. 17 6-8 games a year for over 20 years. I would ONLY accept a hard ticket. I never trusted a piece of paper printout so I really don't see a problem. Plus, I love to save my hard tickets for nostalgia sake.
RE: Bogus  
Mad Mike : 3/9/2018 4:47 pm : link
In comment 13856408 BigBlue84 said:
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3. It makes it generally more annoying to send your tickets to friends or sell them online. You have to go through their proprietary app or some other BS instead of just owning the PDF that you can send wherever whenever.

This is a real annoyance for me. I've been going to fewer yankee games specifically because of this. Some of the people I would generally go with are, shall we say, tech impaired, and they don't want to be bothered installing an app just for the privilege of being able to get into the stadium. If we're not arriving together, it becomes more trouble than it's worth, and we just skip it.

I get the concern over counterfeiting, but, at least in my experience, it's this is just an unneeded hurdle. But it makes it harder to buy on the secondary market, so the teams like it. (Not really relevant for the Giants, but definitely valuable for the Yankees).
Yanks Are Doing This in Spring Training Now Too  
Jim in Tampa : 3/9/2018 5:19 pm : link
Last year (2017) I could buy tickets on Stub Hub, do an instant download and print them. This year the Yanks will only accept the hard tickets or digital (Smart Phone) tickets.
RE: RE: Bogus  
Gatorade Dunk : 3/9/2018 5:32 pm : link
In comment 13856464 Mad Mike said:
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In comment 13856408 BigBlue84 said:


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3. It makes it generally more annoying to send your tickets to friends or sell them online. You have to go through their proprietary app or some other BS instead of just owning the PDF that you can send wherever whenever.


This is a real annoyance for me. I've been going to fewer yankee games specifically because of this. Some of the people I would generally go with are, shall we say, tech impaired, and they don't want to be bothered installing an app just for the privilege of being able to get into the stadium. If we're not arriving together, it becomes more trouble than it's worth, and we just skip it.

I get the concern over counterfeiting, but, at least in my experience, it's this is just an unneeded hurdle. But it makes it harder to buy on the secondary market, so the teams like it. (Not really relevant for the Giants, but definitely valuable for the Yankees).

It's not just about the counterfeit element, it's also a marketing tool. When you forward mobile tickets, they get the recipient's email address as well.

To some degree, they'll use that to try to sell the end user tickets in the future, but even without that (like in the Giants' situation), they gain additional info about their actual customer that they can use for sponsorship pitches, etc.
I have followed and loved the Yankees  
arniefez : 3/9/2018 5:36 pm : link
in a sports sense for over 50 years. I don't dislike the Stein kids but I don't understand why they allow the fascists Levine and Trost to run the stadiums like an authoritarian state.

Quote:
“The Yankees have used a pretext to rescind tickets that were otherwise legally purchased solely because the plaintiffs are resellers. They are not permitted to do that. The plaintiffs have done nothing wrong,” Hutcher told Amplify. “They bought the tickets. They followed the rules and they are entitled to sell them or resell them as many times as they want without any fear that the Yankees can use that as an excuse to rescind these tickets.”

In the suit, lawyers for ASC said “The Yankees detest the free market” and reneged on the purchase “in order for the Yankees to hoard the tickets for themselves and charge artificially inflated prices to the detriment of (ASC) and the public at large.”

Levine & Trost - ( New Window )
Another note on selling tickets  
Mkdaman1818 : 3/9/2018 6:05 pm : link
From the same email:

NFL Licensed Ticketing Platforms:
Starting this year, StubHub and SeatGeek are authorized partners with Ticketmaster and the NFL. You will have the option to continue to post your tickets for resale to the NFL Ticket Exchange directly from your Giants Account. If you choose to sell tickets on either StubHub or SeatGeek (or other authorized partners that may be added through the year), you will be required to enter the barcode and those tickets will be verified.
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