Astros fans should anticipate shorter wait times and potential challenges with new ticketing technology

As the Houston Astros wrapped up spring training on Sunday, excitement is building for the start of the 2024 season. On Thursday, they will face off against the Yankees on Opening Day, and fans can expect big crowds for the first series of the season. However, a new program may offer a way around the long lines.

Last year in Philadelphia, a pilot program was launched to test out using facial recognition software to connect a fan’s face with their purchased tickets. The system was successful enough to expand its use to Astros’ home games starting in 2024. Fans who opt-in using the MLB Ballpark App can go through the “Go-Ahead Entry” line, where scanners will recognize their face and allow them entry if they have purchased tickets to the game.

The new system is voluntary but can be a convenient alternative to waiting in line for attendants to scan QR codes and track each person in a party. However, there are potential issues with facial recognition technology that must be considered. It is not foolproof and may not be using top-of-the-line scanners. The Astros must ensure they are prepared for any technological glitches that may arise and have resources ready to handle them if necessary. If they can pivot to traditional ticketing options if needed, then the system will likely run smoothly. However, if there are frequent glitches or they are unprepared, it could become more of a nuisance than a convenience.

By Aiden Johnson

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