OU athletics announces transition to digital ticketing
NORMAN — OU will fully transition to digital ticketing for all sports, as well as for football parking, the athletic department announced Wednesday.
Ticket buyers will no longer have the option to print their tickets at home. Tickets bought for single games, mini-plans and season packages will be delivered via smartphones and the Sooner Sports app.
"We're sure hopeful that our athletics competitions will occur as scheduled," Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a release. "But regardless of any timetables, we're extremely excited to introduce digital ticketing at our venues as it will result in several benefits for our fans.
"First, our aim is to limit physical contact between our fans and game day staff as much as possible, and this change is a first step in achieving that goal. We'll announce more of those steps later. The new digital ticketing process will also significantly reduce ticket fraud and loss of tickets, making for an even more seamless venue-entry experience. And fans will enjoy the flexibility of being able to immediately transfer tickets and parking passes to friends or family members."
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The last two Big 12 Championship games — as well as OU's last two bowl games — have featured digital ticketing.
Last week, Kansas State announced a move to digital ticketing, though fans there will still have the option to print their tickets at home.
Ticket buyers receive links through the app or by text message, allowing them to place tickets in Apple Wallet or Google Pay. Fans pull up those tickets for scanning as they enter.
The athletic department still plans to print commemorative tickets to make available for fans who are interested.
Tickets can be transferred just once.
Fans who experience problems, including if their phone battery dies prior to entering, can receive assistance at the ticket resolution windows at Gate 5 and Gate 7, plus at the main box office outside of Gate 2, on football game days.
Fans without smartphones can contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office at 405-325-2424 to make arrangements.