Heat to become 1st National Basketball Association team to eliminate all paper tickets

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 12, 2017

Fans who walk up to Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena on game night will receive Heat tickets on their phones, even though they are at the box office. They will not be releasing any physical ticket anymore and will utilize mobile phones to take their place. Other teams, like the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers, have mobile-only ticketing, but they permit fans to use a driver's license and credit card to get in. From a resale standpoint, a move to mobile tickets would likely be a positive for the NBA's official ticket website.

While this will save on the costs of printing physical tickets, the change can also be a way to better regulate ticket scalping, making it more hard to buy tickets only to sell them at a profit.

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However, there could also be some issues that could arise from this change, as only 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone, according to a piece made by Diego Quezada of SB Nation.

Not everyone is happy about the decision, some holding on to a paper ticket as a souvenir, but some teams that support paper ticketing are already starting to charge a premium for it.

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