York Revolution fans will be able to use a very different kind of currency to buy tickets this season.
The team announced Thursday that fans can use the digital currency bitcoin to buy single-game tickets starting Monday.
"To the best of our knowledge, we are the first pro baseball team to accept it," said Paul Braverman, spokesman for the Revs.
The team partnered with local online currency consulting company Crypto Coin Consulting to launch the program, according to a news release from the team.
"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.
How it works: Bitcoin is a virtual currency that only exists online and has become increasingly popular among tech enthusiasts, libertarians and risk-seeking investors. It allows people to make one-to-one transactions, buy goods and services and exchange money across borders anonymously without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties.
Earlier this year, the Sacramento Kings became the first professional sports team to accept bitcoin as a form of payment.
Fans will only be able to make bitcoin transactions in-person at the ticket office at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York City.
They will need a bitcoin app on their phones or tablets, allowing a QR code to be scanned to pay for the tickets.
By using the virtual currency, fans wouldn't have to pay typical online transaction fees, the release says.
Expansion?: Braverman said there are no plans currently to expand bitcoin usage to concession sales or the team merchandise store.
That's mainly because the store and concession stands are managed by an outside company.
But that could change further down the road if bitcoin usage takes off.
"If it catches fire and is used quite a bit by fans buying tickets, we could expand it," Braverman said.
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