Over the last week, Blackhawks season ticket holders have received a package in the mail from the team.
This is expected this time of year. Usually, it comes via FedEx, and feels like Christmas. Inside are the physical tickets for each seat owned. A new design, the logo, the opponent. It was a fun day for folks fortunate enough to have tickets to Hawks home games.
But physical season tickets are now a thing of the past in Chicago.
No longer will season ticket holders have a memento to share with their kids or something to hand to business associates. Now, everything is digital.
The letter sent out by the team was outlined by Danny Ecker at Crain’s earlier this week.
“In keeping our fans’ best interests in mind and after extensively reviewing the new ticketing technologies available, we collectively made the decision to move to digital ticketing,” Chris Werner, Blackhawks vice president of ticketing and customer relations, told Crain’s in a statement. “Digital tickets will allow our fans to transfer their tickets more efficiently, access and view their tickets on a mobile device and provide increased security for single-game buyers compared to paper tickets.”
Now, the only tickets purchased at the United Center box office will be sold as physical tickets. Season ticket holders can either display the tickets via a smartphone or print the tickets from their computer.