As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change our everyday lives, it’s also changing the sports world and the fan experience. On Thursday, the athletic department announced that it’s moving to all digital tickets for the upcoming Fall 2020 season.
It seems inevitable that moving forward, this will be the new norm for ticket sales as Temple athletics, along with other college and professional sport franchises will look to stop the spread of COVID-19 by all means. What does this mean for you the fan? Simply that the days of buying a physical, paper ticket from the box office are over, for now at least. Tickets must be now purchased or for students, redeemed online only, whether for at-home printing, or on mobile devices to be scanned at the gate.
Scott Walcoff, Senior Associate Athletic Director of External Operations believes the switch to digital tickets will increase fan safety. “By taking advantage of the mobile option, our fans will also have more contactless ticket management flexibility including forwarding tickets to family and friends at any time.” Walcoff also believes that mobile tickets provide more convenience for fans, “this [change] will allow us to better serve our fans and eliminate possible shipping issues associated with hard tickets, as well as have more peace of mind with a reduced risk of lost, stolen, or forgotten tickets.”
For Owls football season ticket holders, the renewal deadline has been extended to June 1st. There will be an opportunity to choose between mobile or print at-home tickets. Digital tickets will also be implemented for men’s and women’s basketball, and in all likelihood for winter and spring sports.
Maybe you’re that freshman that may be attending their first game, and want to save the memories of that experience by saving their game ticket. Or perhaps at the particular game you attend, you witness history, like Quinton Rose breaking the all-time AAC scoring record this past spring, and you save the ticket as proof of being there. Or maybe you’re just an antiquarian for game tickets, for you this news is not entirely welcoming, but this is a change we must be willing to accept for the safety of the public. Only time will tell if this change is permanent, or if it’s temporary, but for now the only concern is to make sure fans can still enjoy their game day experiences as safely as possible.
For more information on this transition to digital tickets, including FAQs, click here. Or you can contact the Temple Ticket Sales Office directly at 215-204-8499.