Detroit Red Wings: LCA won’t accept anything other than Mobile Tickets

Geneva airport, Switzerland, E-ticket boarding pass on smartphone . (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
Geneva airport, Switzerland, E-ticket boarding pass on smartphone . (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images) /
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With significant advancements in regards to technology over the years, the Detroit Red Wings will only accept mobile tickets in 2018.

The days of collecting ticket stubs are about to grind to a complete halt.  The Detroit Red Wings are set to implement exclusive mobile tickets.  The idea of this is excellent, making things simple and convenient.  A barcode will generate through an app on your phone which is then scanned at the gate granting you admission.  You can’t go far without seeing people glued to their phones; now they will have another reason to pull out their smartphones.

The concern I have is, what about the folks who don’t currently have a smartphone?  Believe it or not a lot of people either have no interest in smartphones or can’t afford them.  These people become limited while purchasing tickets.

I think of the seniors in our community.  Many seniors, our parents, and grandparents seem limited using the newer technology or have no interest altogether in obtaining a smartphone.

If you don’t have access to mobile tickets the instructions per Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Arena are;

"If you don’t have access to a smartphone, please call the Little Caesars Arena XFINITY Box Office at 313-471-7929 in advance or visit the Box Office on game day to get your tickets."

For the folks with smartphones, the following apps are recommended per Brett McWethy of DetroitRedWings.com;

"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.”The District Detroit App is the most efficient way for Red Wings fans to store and access their mobile tickets."

It’s an era dominated by social media and technology.  I feel bad for the traditional hard stock ticket collectors.  I feel bad for the kids, remember keeping your game tickets?  I know people who have all of their tickets displayed, others shove them in a drawer to rarely be admired, but it is all going to the wayside.

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It may have been something LCA should have slowly fazed into place over a couple of seasons rather than just implement the technology all at once. Never the less digital is the way of the world; soon every event anywhere will be set up this way so I guess we should get used to it.