Aug 29, 2013
The ticket for getting in Jordan-Hare Stadium will be the bar code reader (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- The days of someone tearing off a ticket stub on the way into Jordan-Hare Stadium are over.
Auburn will now scan the bar code on tickets starting with Saturday's season-opener against Washington State in a move that will ultimately speed entry into the stadium, cut down on counterfeit tickets and allow the university to keep track of ticket use.
Auburn fans will now have the option of using the customary old-school tickets or print them at home online.
"If they go online and buy a ticket today, they don't have to pick it up at Will Call or having it mailed overnight. In a couple of minutes, they'll have the ticket in their hands," said Senior Associate Athletics Director Scott Carr.
Carr said fans can easily transfer online tickets to other fans.
"As technology continues to grow, there will be more features available," he said
The university has scanned tickets at Auburn Arena and Plainsman Park for several years. Saturday will be a first for football.
Each ticket has a specific bar code, and once it is scanned, duplicate tickets for the same seat will not be accepted.
Auburn is encouraging fans to enter the stadium a bit early Saturday.
"When you go from having a stub to a bar code, simple things like reminding everyone that each person should hold their own ticket is important," Carr said. "It would be more difficult for us if a family of four hands over all the tickets at once rather than individually. It's better if each person is holding their own tickets with the bar code showing. It'll be quicker than doing a ticket stub."
Those with tickets from the university will have a complete souvenir. But no, the ticket can't be used again. The computer knows.
"When the ticket is scanned, that's it. That bar code is good one time, and one time only," Carr said.
Auburn will have a customer service team on call Saturday night.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine