Posted by mDEVIL! on September 03, 21 at 14:27:27:
For anyone who did not attend, this was the first game with no paper tix, so I thought I would share how entrance has changed.
Not much actually. The lines and security checkpoints seemed identical. You still have to stand in the same lines, get anything metal out of your pockets, hold them up and walk through the scanners when they tell you to, and if you trip one, you still get the wand, just like last year. Clear bags, phones and keys held high.
However, rather than scan your ticket with a hand scanner, perhaps 10 feet behind the scanners, there is a post with an attendant to help scan your smart phone or card. 6 of us walked in together after our first tailgate since 2019, a mix of phone and cards. The cards scanned much more easily and quickly, but everyone got in fine.
The cards do not appear to have chips or magnetic strips, just a static bar code to be scanned with OCR. The phone tix are not static, so they cannot be printed, but seemed to work.
Once inside, same as 2019.
While I still prefer paper tix for reasons stated in earlier posts, I was hopeful access might be quicker via card & phone, but I do not think that will be the case, because the bottleneck is not the card & phone scanning post, it is the security scan which should have the same lines as last year.
We stood in line maybe 15 deep last night to get to the scanners, and that game will probably have the smallest crowd of this year's games.
The students were there in full force though, for the first half anyway, which was great to see for a Thursday night tune up game.
Good to finally get back to SDS. Sloppy but agree 100% with Big Ron pony post observations. I'm optimistic, can't wait until next week.
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