The University of Alabama announced Tuesday morning that before football season, they will transition to virtual tickets and parking passes.

Surely, this update was pushed by the UA Athletics Department in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the University of Alabama clarified that they hope to “guard against the production of fraudulent tickets.”

Much like the ticket process in years past, students will receive their tickets via email or myBama, and students will have to scan them at the gate.

For other fans, UA announced that the ‘online only’ rule will apply to “season tickets, single-game home tickets, neutral-site games, away games and parking passes.”

UA added that “purchasers will receive their tickets via email, allowing them to download tickets into their Apple Wallet (iPhone) or Google Pay Wallet (Android). Prior to reaching the gates, ticketholders will open their digital wallet, select game tickets, and hold their smartphone near the scanner.” This means that fans will need a smartphone or a similar device to enter the game.

One of the biggest updates comes in the form of printed copies of tickets and QR codes. UA announced that they will no longer accept this form of ticket. That being said, UA announced that fans can still purchase tickets on StubHub. They can also transfer tickets if they can’t attend.

Personally, I am a fan of this update. It will definitely be jarring, especially for some of the less tech-savvy fans, but it will definitely cut down on the number of counterfeit tickets and ticket-scalping that is found around Bryant-Denny Stadium on a game day.

In addition to the news about tickets, Alabama also gave an update on the expected capacity of Bryant-Denny for the 2020 season.

While the 2020 season is still in question, Alabama AD Greg Byrne still claims that the construction on Bryant-Denny Stadium will be done, and fans will be in the stands for the Alabama home opener against Georgia State on September 12th.

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