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Seahawks Charging Season Ticket Holders Additional Fees For Hard Tickets

It looks like the Seattle Seahawks are the latest NFL team making the move to mobile tickets, with the team announcing last week via an e-mail to season ticket holders that the team is “excited to introduce an expanded mobile ticket offering for the upcoming 2018 season!”

While mobile ticketing is nothing new, the Seahawks have taken it a step further, actually penalizing those fans who want to receive their season tickets in physical form, with a $35 add-on fee. (Whether that’s $35 per ticket/game or $35 for the entire season is unclear, but we’re hoping it’s the latter)

Naturally, the team is using “security” as the reasoning behind this switch, saying that print-at-home tickets were rife for fraud and counterfeiting. But in reality, they likely want to keep tabs on how their tickets are being used (and resold), as they attempt to keep seasons out of the hands of the big bad ticket brokers.

Given that mobile tickets have had their share of issues (like the Falcons debacle last fall when Ticketmaster’s systems went down), some fans are voicing their displeasure with this move.

“Come on, Seahawks! We gotta keep those hold-in-your-hand tickets. It’s traditional. It’s real,” wrote Peter House, a season ticket holder since 1997 in an email forwarded to the Seattle Times. “Ticketless entry just turns one more good thing into those ephemeral pixels on a screen. It will take all the fun out of giving tickets to my friends and family. What will I do now? Send them an e-mail?”

Furthermore, single-game tickets are also going mostly mobile. Only tickets purchased at the box office in a one-time event in July will be paper this year.

Not sure how this fares for those who don’t have a smartphone (yes, there are plenty of folks out there rocking 2005 Nokia’s, I actually saw someone using one yesterday), but it should be interesting to see how this all plays out.

What do you think of the Seahawks’ mobile ticketing initiative?


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