After the chaos that took place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, the question arose: could NFTs be the solution to revolutionize ticketing and prevent such a debacle from happening again? What is certain is that the great advantage of the blockchain lies in its authenticity. Tickets in the form of NFTs make it possible to guarantee security against theft and fraud, traceability (for second-hand resale) and even incidental reward systems after the event.
Chaos a few kilometers from Paris
Some may not believe this story. Yet it is real. On May 28, 2022, the final of the Champions League took place in the Stade de France in Seine-Saint-Denis. The match pitted Real Madrid against Liverpool. The most important competition of the year followed in all countries of the world! On the occasion of Real’s 1-0 win over Liverpool, unreal scenes shocked football fans around the world. The match was also delayed by about thirty minutes due to massive card fraud, assaults and thefts. Indeed, individuals entered the stadium with impunity.
Unbelievable Violence Even NFT Tickets Couldn’t Solve
An idea of different personalities in the blockchain universe would be to distribute tickets in the form of NFTs. It is indeed a method that has proved very successful. Such as FC Dynamo Kiev, the very first sports club to sell NFT tickets. NFT technology is undoubtedly the most suitable for the world of ticketing. It would consistently put the brakes on fraud and scams of all kinds. Unfortunately, it will not be able to prevent outbreaks of violence of this magnitude.
Thierry Henry’s Premonition
Even Thierry Henry had something about Seine-Saint-Denis. He had as predicted the events that happened a few days later. Thierry Henry had said: ” Saint-Denis is not Paris† Trust me, you don’t want to be in Saint-Denis, it’s not the same as Paris… , in early May on the set of an American streaming platform, Paramount Plus. Unfortunately, he was not mistaken… Especially abroad, the scenes of the Champions League final were scandalous. Particularly the English and Spanish supporters who were robbed, beaten up, etc. France is now seen as a country incapable of properly hosting an international sporting event. Especially now that the government refuses to acknowledge its responsibility and the violence committed. The worldwide outcry is even questioning France’s legitimacy to host the Olympics…
NFTs, a ticketing solution
The fraud in question does not seem to be a matter of ticketing… But rather of the more or less strange atmosphere that prevailed in the Stade de France. However, NFTs could make it possible to eliminate all kinds of fraud in ticket sales for sporting events much more effectively. Replications are no longer possible with the blockchain. Once a ticket is registered in the blockchain, it is immutable, used or not. Same, you have to. present wallet (crypto wallet) directly, a screenshot would not suffice. Such a new method would prevent thousands of supporters from being outside without attending a match for which they paid… In addition, it would facilitate resale on the secondary market, because, on the one hand, the buyer has the guarantee of the authenticity of the place, on the one hand, on the other hand, the stadium was able to track the ticket’s journey in real time thanks to the traceability of the blockchain.
It would, of course, take several years for the majority of the population to become familiar with the use of a wallet of cryptocurrencies. But as we have already seen, NFT tickets for concerts, sporting events or already exist even for airline tickets† Therefore, it is only a matter of time to master this technology.
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