‘100% digital’: No printed tickets for Phillies’ World Series games
“The real tickets are such cool souvenirs.”
Fans who attend a World Series game may have to resort to taking a screenshot of their digital ticket if they’re looking for something to scrapbook.
Homer Robinson of Philadelphia’s Mount Airy section had tickets to attend Game 3 with his kids and was hoping to get physical tickets as a keepsake or exchange his e-tickets for physical tickets once at the ballpark.
“The real tickets are such cool souvenirs,” Robinson said.
The Phillies offer traditional printed tickets or digital passes during regular-season games. But for postseason, team officials confirmed that tickets would be 100% digital. Tickets for games at Minute Maid Park in Houston are also digital-only.
Deb Rinaldi, a Phillies spokesperson, said it’s a sign of the times. Digital tickets are used in most major sporting events for convenience and security — the technology makes it harder to create dupes.
A Phillies guest services team member said they hadn’t heard negative feedback about the digital tickets.
Still, if you’re looking for a physical memento without having to wait in a souvenir-shop line, there are some options. First-time Citizens Bank attendees who are 14 or younger can request a certificate from guest services.
And for a more creative workaround, you can make your own nonfunctioning ticket stub.
“My concert tickets sometimes are digital or I don’t have them,” she said. “So I make my own.”
Fans like Robinson called not being able to get a physical copy “a bummer” and hoped officials would consider reversing course.
“It would seem like such a small thing for them to do,” he said. “People would treasure these tickets — which we’ve all paid so much for — forever.”