Bitcoin officially debuted in professional baseball as the York Revolution started accepting on March 24 the digital currency for ticket purchases for the 2014 Atlantic League season – a feat which brings a new definition to Bitcoin gaming and has the potential to eventually be associated with Bitcoin sports betting.
The Revolution, which is set to host the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in April, officially became the first pro baseball team to accept bitcoins as a method to purchase this season’s tickets through its partnership with Crypto Coin Consulting, an online currency consulting group based in York.
“We like being first at things,” said Eric Menzer, president and general manager of the Revolution, “and we like supporting local business that are trying to grow in central Pennsylvania.”
This team up resulted in a ticket program that has already started accepting bitcoins since its launching on Monday, treating baseball fans to the possible future of ticket purchasing.
“It really is a revolution in the way transactions will take place, and it only makes sense that the York Revolution is our first major client,” said Charles Richards, CEO and co-founder of Crypto Coin Consulting, who even compared Bitcoin purchasing to text messaging money.
However, tickets cannot be bought online; instead, fans must go to the Apple Chevrolet Ticket office at Santander Stadium in person, where they will have to scan the Revolution QR code using their mobile devices to validate the purchase of individual game tickets.
Through the Bitcoin transaction, the typical online transaction fees are avoided, which, according to Richards, is a method business and companies must learn to utilize in order for them to save significant amounts of money every year.
With the 2014 Atlantic League season to kick off on April 24 at Santander Stadium, baseball fans, who are also users of the popular digital currency, bitcoin, are expected to continue storming the ticket office in the coming weeks to support their favorite teams.