As reported by WDIV earlier this morning, the Red Wings and Pistons are officially shifting their ticketing to mobile phone usage for the 2018-19 season. Here’s the Red Wings’ press release:
Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons Will Implement Ticketmaster’s Mobile Ticketing Technology at Little Caesars Arena Beginning with the 2018-19 Season
Mobile ticketing allows fans to use their mobile device as a game ticket, reducing fraud and providing easy access to Little Caesars Arena through a barcode that can be scanned from a device’s screen
PDF tickets will no longer be accepted as a method of entry for Red Wings or Pistons games at Little Caesars Arena
Through Ticketmaster’s website or mobile app fans can quickly and easily transfer or re-sell tickets
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, through Ticketmaster’s user-friendly mobile ticketing technology, will be using mobile ticketing as their primary method of entry for all home games at Little Caesars Arena, starting with the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Mobile ticketing allows fans to use their mobile device as a game ticket, providing access to Little Caesars Arena through a barcode that can be scanned from a device’s screen. The Ticketmaster technology, adopted in arenas throughout the country, also reduces the chance of fraudulent tickets, allows for convenient online transfer and re-sale of tickets, and provides a user-friendly platform for the online management of tickets.
All PDF tickets, either printed or copied on a mobile phone, will no longer be accepted as a method of entry for Red Wings or Pistons games at Little Caesars Arena.
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.”
The District Detroit App is the most efficient way for Red Wings fans to store and access their mobile tickets.
Detroit Pistons fans are encouraged to store and access their mobile tickets by utilizing the Detroit Pistons app.
Both apps are available at the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android). More information, including frequently asked questions, is available at each team’s web site – DetroitRedWings.com and Pistons.com. Video tutorials that detail the mobile process will be available prior to preseason.
ABOUT LITTLE CAESARS ARENA
Little Caesars Arena in the heart of The District Detroit serves as the home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and countless other sports, entertainment and community events. Rich with the tradition of the Original Six™ and 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, the three-time world champion Detroit Pistons and Detroit’s incredible musical heritage, the arena also features state-of-the-art technology, fan amenities, and active community spaces like the Via, the BELFOR Training Center and the Chevrolet Plaza. The District Detroit unites world-class theaters, four professional sports teams and three professional sports venues including Little Caesars Arena in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in a dynamic urban environment. Little Caesars Arena received the prestigious Sports Facility of the Year award at the 2018 Sports Business Awards Ceremony, established by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily to celebrate and recognize the leaders, visionaries and day-to-day practitioners who personify excellence in the business of sports.
ABOUT THE DETROIT RED WINGS
The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Under Ilitch ownership, the team has won four Stanley Cup championships, six Presidents’ Trophies as the NHL’s regular season champion, and 16 division titles. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., MotorCity Casino Hotel and Champion Foods. The Ilitch Companies also maintain a joint venture interest in 313 Presents. For more information, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com.
ABOUT THE DETROIT PISTONS
Since their arrival in 1957, the Detroit Pistons have become one of the most storied franchises in the NBA. With over 2,300 regular-season and playoff victories, the club has celebrated three NBA Championships (1989, 1990, 2004), five NBA Finals appearances (1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005) and 11 Eastern Conference Finals appearances. Last season the club made its historic return to Detroit, playing games at the new state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena. The club also broke ground on the new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center located in the New Center area, which will serve as the organization’s practice facility and corporate headquarters. Since its purchase by Michigan native Tom Gores in 2011, the organization has focused on operating as a community asset while promoting a culture of innovation and industry-leading thought.