The Tennessee Athletic Department announced on Wednesday that they will be transitioning to mobile ticketing for all sporting events starting in 2020-21.
UT first introduced mobile ticketing as an option for single-game football tickets in 2019. But, UT made it official that they will make the transition permanent for all Tennessee sporting events.
Athletic department officials claim that the move to mobile ticketing is to promote health and safety via contact-less entry into stadiums and arenas.
“With the ever-changing landscape surrounding athletics due to COVID-19, we realized the safest way to provide tickets is through the use of mobile delivery, with tickets being sent digitally to the account holder’s registered email address,” Associate Athletics Director for Fan Experience & Sales Jimmy Delaney said.
For many season ticket holders, they are disappointed in this move. For me personally, I am disappointed in this move. I understand during these tough times Tennessee is looking after the health of the fans.
I get that.
But for me, I loved having a ticket stub to be able to get into football and basketball games. One of my favorite things I own is the collection of the ticket subs I have from all the Tennessee football and basketball games i have attended over the years.
To think now that I will no longer be able to continue that collection is sad and disappointing for me. I also understand that this will be the future of how we will attend other sporting events as well.
But nothing will beat the feeling of holding your ticket while you are heading to Neyland Stadium. RIP to the ticket stub.