Baseball tickets printed at home? Yerrrrrrrrrr out!
The New York Yankees are throwing high and hard at ticket resellers with a new policy this season that bars people from using tickets printed from PDF files. The policy instead will require attendees to use tickets that come from the box office or Ticketmaster, or those that can be scanned from a smartphone when they enter the stadium.
The policy will make it much harder for Bronx Bombers fans to get last-minute tickets for below face value, which they have been able to do by buying from resellers like StubHub, which emails PDF versions of tickets that can be printed at home.
Without the printed-PDF option, fans using StubHub and other unauthorized resellers would have to have the tickets mailed to them or picked up in person.
The Yankees authorized partner for reselling tickets, Ticket Exchange, doesn't sell tickets for less than face value — and is the only reseller that sends mobile versions of the tickets to smartphones.
A StubHub spokesman said that the Yankees have created a system that only allows electronic transfers of tickets purchased through its authorized seller, Ticketmaster. But a Yankees spokeswoman said, "If StubHub wanted to do it, they could make mobile tickets available to their customers in New York. [The] Yankees would be fine with that."