Fans of Major League Baseball team the Boston Red Sox will soon be able to enter Fenway Park through a dedicated, faster gate thanks to a partnership between Fenway Sports Group and identity and security company Idemia.
The Boston Globe newspaper reports that supporters who are TSA Precheck members will be able to skip queues at Fenway Park once the initiative is introduced in the spring. A five-year TSA Precheck membership costs $85 (£66/€75).
Supporters will simply present a ‘known traveller number’, which will either be on their mobile device or printed out. Once the number and the ticket has been presented, they will be allowed swift entry to Fenway Park’s Gate E section.
Last year, it was reported that FSG, which owns the Red Sox, had partnered with Idemia. Although the deal has not been officially confirmed, the Globe noted that Idemia is planning on introducing a ‘Trusted Fan Program’ at Fenway Park.
The initiative could also stretch to other FSG venues, including Anfield, home of English Premier League football club Liverpool.
The system would reportedly incorporate biometric and credit card information that will allow supporters to order items with a wave of the hand in front of Idemia’s MorphoWave machine. An Idemia spokeswoman told the Globe that this information would be shared with the venue and not with TSA.
The initiative would seek to reduce queueing times for supporters, ultimately ensuring they can spend more time watching the game.