The sports division of Texas Tech University in the US has introduced a Texas Tech Pass system that will allow fans to purchase mobile tickets for games. Fans can sign up for text message notifications when tickets become available for each home game, with individuals then able to purchase tickets from a chosen section of the stadium straight from their smartphones. A barcode and seat location will be sent to their mobile device and can be used to enter Jones AT&T Stadium. Fans can sign up for the service by visiting TexasTechPass.com. Mobile technology company Experience, a provider of consumer-facing mobile applications, is behind the new system…

Further east in Tennessee, the Nashville Predators NHL ice hockey franchise has reported record sales for single-game tickets ahead of the start of the new season. Fans have been quick to snap up tickets for games at Bridgestone Arena against Chicago, Detroit, the New York Rangers and Washington. “We were up over 50 per cent higher than we’ve ever been the week we’ve gone on sale for single-game tickets; we broke every record in single-game ticket sales for the initial on sale,” the Predators’ senior vice-president of tickets and premium sales, Nat Harden said. “It was a considerable uptick, and what that tells me is there’s great anticipation for the season getting started.” There has also been a spike in season-ticket sales, Harden added…

Meanwhile in the English Football League, Lee Power, the chairman of Swindon Town, has defended the League One club’s decision to charge fans for new tickets for a game that was abandoned due to a torrential downpour. The replayed fixture will take place on September 20, but fans of both clubs have been left incensed after no refunds were offered following the original match, which was called off after 60 minutes. "While we understand supporters' frustration, what happened on Saturday afternoon was an act of God and beyond the club's control," Power said. “I must stress that the club still has a number of costs to meet on a match day. These costs have increased dramatically due to the fact that this is a derby match. Clubs do not usually offer any form of refund when the game is abandoned after half-time and not before."