Brisbane sports fans will no longer require paper tickets to attend Suncorp Stadium events. Photo: Bradley Kanaris, Getty
Could this weekend mark the beginning of the end for paper tickets at Suncorp Stadium?
Physical tickets are not being scrapped but sports fans will now have the option of simply displaying an individual barcode of their smartphone to gain entry.
Sports Minister Phil Reeves said Suncorp Stadium was the first venue in the state to introduce the technology in time for this Saturday's A-League clash between the Brisbane Roar and the Perth Glory.
Tickets for sporting events and concerts will be sent to smart phones as QR codes, ending the need for paper tickets (image is indicative only). Photo: Supplied
Mr Reeves said stadium scanners would be capable of recognising barcodes generated by Ticketek's new mobile ticket delivery application, M-Site.
“M-Site will allow fans to purchase tickets via their mobile or online and almost instantaneously have a barcode forwarded to their phone which is scanned through at the entry gate,” he said in a statement.
“Where multiple tickets are purchased, barcodes can be forwarded onto other recipients' mobiles for scanning at the turnstiles upon arrival.
“However, as is the case with paper tickets and cards, barcodes can only scan through once.”
Mr Reeves said the launch of the technology this weekend coincided with the match in which the Brisbane Roar is poised to break the Australian football record of remaining unbeaten for 35 consecutive games.
Ticketek is expected in the future to roll out similar technology at Skilled Park, Dairy Farmers Stadium and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.