After the chaos that arose at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a question arose: Could NFTs be the solution to revolutionize ticket sales and prevent such a debacle from recurring? What is certain is that the biggest advantage of blockchain lies in its authenticity. Tickets in the form of NFTs actually make it possible to guarantee security against theft and fraud, traceability (in case of resale) and even other post-event reward systems.
Chaos a few kilometers from Paris
Some may not believe this story. Yet it is real. On May 28, 2022, the Champions League final took place at the Stade de France in the Seine-Saint-Denis. The match pitted Real Madrid against Liverpool. The most important match 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 ticket fraud, assaults and thefts. In fact, individuals entered the stadium with impunity.
Incredible violence that even NFT tickets could not solve
One idea put forward by several personalities in the blockchain universe would be to distribute tickets in the form of NFTs. It is truly a method that has had great success. Like FC Dynamo Kyiv, the very first sports club to sell NFT tickets. NFT technology is without a doubt the most suitable for the ticket world. It would put a consistent brake on scams and scams of any kind. Unfortunately, it will not be able to prevent outbreaks of violence of such magnitude.
Thierry Henry’s premonition
Even Thierry Henry had a word about the Seine-Saint-Denis. He had, as predicted, the events that took place a few days later. Thierry Henry had said ” Saint-Denis is not Paris. Believe me, you will not be in Saint-Denis, it’s not the same as Paris … , In early May on the set of a US streaming platform, Paramount Plus. Unfortunately, he was not mistaken … The scenes in the Champions League final were especially scandalous abroad. Especially the English and Spanish followers who were robbed, beaten, etc. France is now seen as a country unable to properly secure an international sporting event. Especially since the government refuses to acknowledge its responsibility and the violence perpetrated. The outcry that has traveled around the world even questions France’s legitimacy to host the Olympics …
NFTs, a ticket solution
The scams in question do not seem to be a question of ticket sales … but rather of the more or less strange atmosphere that prevailed at the Stade de France. However, NFTs could make it possible to eliminate any kind of fraud from ticket sales to sporting events much more effectively. With blockchain, replications will no longer be possible. Once a ticket is registered in blockchain, it is immutable, used or not. Ditto you should present your wallet (crypto wallet) directly, a screenshot would not suffice. This kind of new method would prevent thousands of supporters from being outside without being able to take part in a match that they paid for … In addition, it would facilitate resale in the secondary market because the buyer on the one hand would have guarantee of the authenticity of the place, on the other hand, the stadium could follow the ticket’s journey in real time thanks to the traceability of the blockchain.
Of course, it would take several years for the majority of the population to become familiar with the use of one wallet of cryptocurrencies. But as we have already seen, there are already NFT tickets for concerts, sporting events etc. even for airline tickets. Therefore, mastering this technology is only a matter of time.
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