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Phone barcode just the ticket

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Daniel Hurst

Brisbane sports fans will no longer require paper tickets to attend Suncorp Stadium events.

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).

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.

12 comments so far

  • It's good to have another option, but I think it will be a long time before paper tickets can be done away with altogether. Not all of us are sheep with smarphones - some people don't have a mobile phone at all.

    Commenter
    Flutz
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    November 24, 2011, 1:19PM
    • Tickets for sporting events aren't the only thing being scrapped from the first monday in 2016 calender year bus tickets in Brisbane are being scrapped as well.

      Commenter
      pure health
      Date and time
      November 24, 2011, 2:22PM
      • i hope they keep paper tickets as i don't own a mobile
        i find mobile phones or more so there users very rude you are talking to them and all of a sudden there phone rings and you have to hang around while they take the call
        you go out and hear nothing but mobile's ringing can't people get along without them they all seem to be adicted or like sheep

        Commenter
        max
        Location
        Qld
        Date and time
        November 24, 2011, 2:23PM
        • @Fluts and @max, maybe we should just go back to using carrier pigeons or the telegraph. What about jungle drums or smoke signals?

          Commenter
          Toph
          Location
          Bris
          Date and time
          November 24, 2011, 4:04PM
          • @Fluts and @max regard the adoption of smartphones as being 'sheep'-like behaviour. Perhaps they are right. I am sure as lone wolves they have similarly baulked at sheep-like adoption of things such as electricty, reticulated water supplies and internal toilets connected to sewerage systems. I applaud their ability to refrain from the herd-like rush to adopt such useless and frivolous infrastructure which only makes life easier for the soft members of society.

            Commenter
            Lazarus
            Location
            Brisbane
            Date and time
            November 24, 2011, 4:19PM
            • I use my mobile to make and receive telephone calls. I have no need for a 'smart' phone and won't spend several hundred dollars (either upfront or on a plan) to buy one just to go to the football. It's either a paper ticket or alternative entertainment!

              Commenter
              Jo
              Location
              Brisbane
              Date and time
              November 24, 2011, 5:13PM
              • Got to agree with Toph and Lazarus. If you don't see the irony of bagging out mobile phones on a WEBSITE on the internet then you're pretty damn thick.

                Commenter
                Daniel
                Date and time
                November 24, 2011, 5:32PM
                • Hope that phone battery doesn't go flat. No soup for you.

                  Also, once inside the venue, how does an usher verify one's particular assigned seat. Are usher's carrying hand scanners.. or do they simply have a look at one's phone and trust the english/text based row/seat allocation mentioned in the message.

                  This is not going to take long to exploit!

                  Commenter
                  Matt
                  Location
                  West End
                  Date and time
                  November 24, 2011, 5:38PM
                  • Look - if you don't have a smartphone it's not an issue - a barcode is a barcode regardless of whether it's on a screen or a piece of paper. You'll still be able to get a hardcopy if you want one.

                    This system has been around for quite a while at many major airports around the world - after all, it isn't any different to printing out your own boarding pass after checking in online - except that it saves paper.

                    Commenter
                    Paul
                    Location
                    Sydney
                    Date and time
                    November 24, 2011, 6:35PM
                    • I remember they tried this in one of the german clubs and the german university students worked out a way to get in for free it took about 3 months but they got there in the end. The club went back to paper tickets.....

                      Commenter
                      Rudi
                      Location
                      Brisbane and Munich
                      Date and time
                      November 24, 2011, 10:17PM

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