MLB to introduce biometric ticketing, replacing tickets with fingerprints, facial recognition

Traditional tickets — even mobile tickets that have replaced printed versions — at stadiums across the country will soon become a thing of the past.

MLB and CLEAR have teamed up to implement biometric ticketing at select stadiums across the country that will allow fans to use their fingerprints — and eventually facial recognition — to enter the stadium on game day, eliminating the need for printed tickets at all. The program will begin at select ballparks later this season, with its full rollout launching next year at stadiums that already use CLEAR and Tickets.com.

All fans have to do is simply link their MLB.com accounts with their CLEAR accounts, and they’re good to go.

“Our collaboration with CLEAR is an important new technology initiative, delivering safe, simple and seamless experiences for fans,” Noah Garden, MLB’s executive vice president of business, told EnGadget in a statement. “Developing a partnership that will unify emerging identity technology and ticketing is reflective of our commitments to always improving ballpark accessibility and maintaining critical security standards.” 

RELATED: Check out all the MLB players who will earn over $20 million this year:

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35. Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

35. Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

35. Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

35. Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop Troy Tulowitski

2018 Salary: $20 million

(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

31. Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

31. Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

31. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

31. Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer

2018 Salary: $21 million

(Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)

30. Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello

2018 Salary: $21,125,000

(Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

29. New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury

2018 Salary: $21,142,857

(Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

28. Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis

2018 Salary: $21,169,326

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

27. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman

2018 Salary: $21,359,375

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

26. Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp

2018 Salary: $21.5 million

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

24. Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond

2018 Salary: $22 million

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

24. New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka

2018 Salary: $22 million

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

23. Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer

2018 Salary: $22,142,857

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

22. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey

2018 Salary: $22,177,778

(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

21. New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

2018 Salary: $22,357,142

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

20. Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels

2018 Salary: $22.5 million

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

19. Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez

2018 Salary: $22,750,000

(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson

2018 Salary: $23 million

(Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer

2018 Salary: $23 million

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

15. Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman

2018 Salary: $24 million

(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

15. Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano

2018 Salary: $24 million

(Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

12. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish

2018 Salary: $25 million

(Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

12. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto

2018 Salary: $25 million

(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

12. New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton

2018 Salary: $25 million

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

11. Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez

2018 Salary: $25,875,143

(Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

10. Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward

2018 Salary: $26,055,288

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

9. Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols

2018 Salary: $27 million

(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester

2018 Salary: $27.5 million

(Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports)

7. Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander

2018 Salary: $28 million

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

6. New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes

2018 Salary: $29 million

(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters)

4. Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price 

2018 Salary: $30 million

(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

4. Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera

2018 Salary: $30 million

(Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke

2018 Salary: $31,954,483

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw

2018 Salary: $33,228,939

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout

2018 Salary: $34,083,333

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

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The program will eventually expand to concession sales, too, allowing fans to pay for food and drink, and even validate their age for alcohol sales using their fingerprints.

CLEAR, which launched in 2010, has traditionally been used in airports to allow passengers to skip identity checkpoints in security lines. According to Fox News, CLEAR has more than 2 million members in the United States. CLEAR is already implemented at 13 stadiums across the country, including Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, AT&T Park, Marlins Park and Nationals Park.

While this change will likely face some issues early on — just like mobile ticketing did at it’s initial rollout — it could really improve fan experience at games across the country. And if it works well, it won’t be long before other major professional sports leagues follow suit.

“When experiencing a game, the biggest friction point is getting into the stadium,” Lauren Stangel, head of sports and events for CLEAR, told Fox News. “We truly believe we have an opportunity to use our technology to drive a safer and better experience for fans.”

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