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Our weekly tech round-up from the world of ticketing and associated industries…

Toulon’s NFT first

French rugby club Toulon will enable its supporters to keep a digital memory of their attendance at the Mayol stadium through its first NFT drop.

The TOP 14 club, a three-time European champion, has announced plans for the first drop, “RCT for eternity”, which offers an NFT in the form of a commemorative ticket with an original design that he owns.

The club said: “For the holders of these NFTs, owning an asset from the “RCT for eternity” collection also means joining a privileged community, enjoying a galaxy of advantages throughout the season. Members of this new community will be invited to a private digital space and will be the first to benefit from the club’s future activations in terms of NFT and experiences in the Metaverse, the web of the future.”

Trail Blazers offer unique access

Portland Trail Blazers, the NBA team, is offering exclusive NFT collectibles to fans attending today’s game against Utah Jazz.

The exclusive digital collectible, developed with Dapper Labs, will feature franchise all-time leading scorer, Damian Lillard, and will only be accessible to fans attending the game. To claim the collectible, fans will scan QR codes posted throughout the arena and store their collectible in a Dapper Wallet, with each collectible individually serial numbered.

The team said: “To further expand the fan experience and provide real life benefits to the digital collectible, the additional experiences include access to unique in-arena photo opportunities and exclusive in-arena discounts. The Damian Lillard digital collectible will only be available to hold in your Dapper Wallet, selling and trading of the collectible is not available.”

aespa launch with live-stream

K-pop group aespa have announced that their first headline concerts will take place next month, with the second date to be live-streamed internationally.

aespa’s two-night SYNK: HYPERLINE concerts will take place on February 25 and 26, at the Jamsil Arena in Seoul, South Korea. The group’s second show on February 26 will be live-streamed for global audiences via the streaming service Beyond LIVE. Details for the livestream will be announced at a later date.

Texas Zoo goes digital

The San Antonio Zoo in Texas has implemented digital ticketing and new ways to enter the park while the main entrance gets a major overhaul. Starting this week, the zoo is offering discounted tickets on its website to encourage guests to go digital.

“The new entrance will reflect the sights, sounds, and culture of San Antonio and will include art by local artists. San Antonio Zoo guests and visitors to Brackenridge Park will also experience improved pedestrian safety and traffic safety. Those improvements include a designated entrance for school groups, improved access for zoo visitors away from the street, and more accessibility for guests with disabilities,” zoo officials said in a press release.