DETROIT (WJBK) - In move to protect fans from buying fraudulent or counterfeit tickets, Little Caesars Arena will no longer accept paper tickets, starting with the upcoming Detroit Red Wings and Pistons season.
Olympia Entertainment announced the move on Wednesday that allows fans to only use their phones as a game ticket. According to the company, this will reduce fraud and will make it easier to access Little Caesars Arena.
The company will no longer accept tickets that are printed at home for Red Wings and Pistons games. The announcement did not include information if this technology will also be used for concerts or other performances at the venue.
Olympia is working with Ticketmaster's ticketing technology that still allows fans to buy and sell tickets online and the company suggests using the District Detroit App as the 'most efficient way' for Red Wings fans to store and access tickets. For Pistons games, fans are encouraged to use the Detroit Pistons app.
Both apps are free in the App Store and in Google Play.
Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., and Charlie Metzger, Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for the Detroit Pistons released a joint statement noting the benefits of mobile ticketing.
"Both our organizations have been testing mobile technologies throughout the last year and have received positive feedback from both sports fans and concert goers. Guests are provided a streamlined and convenient experience, along with greater security when tickets are sold or transferred. Ticketmaster has built a user-friendly platform that is being utilized by fans in arenas and stadiums throughout the country. We're excited to fully transition to the mobile ticketing process, and continue to provide our guests a world-class sports and entertainment experience."
Olympia Entertainment said more information will be made available prior to the start of the 2018 seasons this fall.