Interesting move by the Eagles to discontinue physical season tickets. Here’s the email they sent today, which was forwarded to me by several readers:
With the 2014 Draft now behind us and minicamps in session, our preparation for the 2014 season continues. In addition, our revitalization work at Lincoln Financial Field is in full swing.
We wanted to let you know that beginning this season we will be using electronic ticketing for your season ticket account that includes a print-at-home option, as well as smart phone integration. This will be similar to the process we used for last year’s playoff game against the Saints, but with the added option of using your mobile phone for entry into the stadium.
Please be aware that you will will not be receiving physical tickets in the mail as you have in the past. The electronic tickets will provide you with added features and conveniences. By downloading tickets to your smart phone, they can no longer be misplaced, stolen or left at home. In addition, you will have the ability to e-mail tickets directly to family and friends at any time.
Starting Monday, May 19, you will have the flexibility to:
• Print your tickets at home.
• Download tickets to your smart phone to be scanned at the gate.
• E-mail tickets to friends, family, clients, etc.
(or transfer them to another person’s smart phone).
• Post your tickets for resale through NFL Ticket Exchange.
• Donate unused tickets to charities.
Huge shift from four years ago when, lacking a suitable face for the team, they placed season ticket holders on the tickets. I like progess, but wonder: What percentage of Eagles season ticket holders are capable of figuring this out? Like, no offense to Bob the roofer who actually requests to sit in the last row of the stadium, but I just don’t have confidence that he’s going to be able to figure out this electronic mail thing on one of them touch phones his son picked up when his contract was up with Verizon. I’M NOT GIVIN’ THEM MY PHONE, PAT! YOU LOSER! THIS IS FUCKIN’ NUTS!*
*Jennifer Lawrence’s monologue at 1:40 is so hot.