Officials at NFL American football franchise the Arizona Cardinals have reminded fans that a new digital ticketing programme will be in place for all 2019 games at State Farm Stadium.

The league-wide initiative to go digital includes all 32 teams. Thursday marks the launch of paperless ticketing for the Cardinals with the team’s pre-season match against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Season ticket members have received pre-loaded cards that provide entry to each home game. All ticket holders can also access and manage tickets digitally via the team’s free mobile app.

Fans download tickets to their smartphones and present for entry via an encrypted bar code that refreshes every few seconds.

The Cardinals have urged fans to update to the latest version of the app and also turn on notifications in their settings in order to fully utilise updated ticketing enhancements as well as exclusive in-stadium options such as live video, replays and NFL RedZone.

Paper tickets are no longer available or accepted at the 63,400-capacity stadium and, due to the encryption technology utilised via Ticketmaster’s SafeTix feature, screen shots of bar codes will not be acceptable for entry.

The Cardinals said in an announcement: “In addition to enhancing security and reducing fraud concerns involved with lost, stolen, or counterfeit tickets, digital ticketing allows for quick and easy stadium entry as well as the added convenience that gives customers the ability to manage, transfer or sell tickets at anytime from anywhere.”

A digital ticketing assistance team will be on hand at each entry point at State Farm Stadium to help fans with the transition to digital.

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