February 27, 2013
A record 13 Major League Baseball stadiums will now accept mobile tickets via Apple’s Passbook app. The news was announced Tuesday, Feb. 26 at a fan event in New York City, according to Gigaom. The teams that are accepting mobile tickets for the first time are the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs. They join The New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals, which began accepting Passbook in September as the 2012 season was winding down. According to the report, three additional teams are planning to add mobile ticketing this year. However, these teams have not been announced. Passbook was launched with iOS 6. It allows users to collect virtual tickets, and gift cards in one place on the iPhone. Last week, the official MLB.com At Bat app was updated for spring training. As Brent Dirks first reported, version 6.0 of the app is highlighted by a number of new features and improvements for the 2013 season. For the iPad version, users can now take advantage of sortable batting, pitching, and fielding stats. Tablet users will also see enhancements on their favorite team page. The 2013 MLB season begins on Sunday, March 31 when the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros.