The Detroit Tigers are testing biometric readers from New York-based Clear at Gate A into Comerica Park. The system identifies fans by their fingerprints, which decreases wait time at security checkpoints without compromising fan safety or privacy. According to Clear, no biometric data is sold or released.
Fans can register fingerprints for free on game days at a kiosk inside Comerica Park. Registration takes about five minutes, and a series of questions must be answered to verify ID in addition to presenting photo identification. More fingerprint lanes will be added as more ticket holders register.
Eventually the technology is viewed as a wallet substitute. In addition to venue entry, the biometric readers could be used to perform transactions at concessions and retail outlets.
The Detroit Lions and Little Caesars Arena are also considering installing the biometric technology, which is similar to what has been installed at 30 major airports in partnership with TSA.
Other sports and entertainment venues with biometric readers are Coors Field, Marlins Park, AmericanAirlines Arena, AT&T Park, Yankee Stadium, and Citi Field.