“Tangible ticket stubs are quickly becoming a casualty of the digital era,” said Peter Robert Casey, Sports Passport, Inc.’s co-founder and Chief Community Officer. “And while it’s a win for the environment, those once tightly-held keepsakes that trigger fond life memories are now disappearing. Hardball Passport brings those memories back to life.”
Hardball Passport allows fans to find and log every major and minor league game they’ve attended with simple search functionality. Leveraging a comprehensive games database that goes back to October 21, 1975 - date of Carlton Fisk’s Game Six walk-off homer in the bottom of the twelfth - the tool serves as a repository for game-going memories. Fans can share stories and ticket stubs, and upload photos to complement their game histories.
“The Passport concept lends itself naturally to baseball fandom," noted Kyle Whelliston, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer. “The behaviors were already there: Planning trips and vacations around games, keeping score, documenting one’s journey and saving ticket stubs as evidence of attendance.”
As fans log their games, Hardball Passport dishes out personalized stats - number of games attended, stadiums seen, best performances witnessed, and each team’s record for games fans personally attended - to compare year over year or even against other fans.
In addition to looking in the rear-view mirror, Hardball Passport allows future-oriented fans to easily create and track their stadium bucket lists, plan road trips and compete in head-to-head stadium challenges.
Fans that complete an arena challenge or achieve game-specific accomplishments earn unique digital stamps for their Passport. Combined with active leaderboards for “Most Games Logged,” Hardball Passport creates a friendly culture of competition among avid game goers.
“Hardball Passport was specifically built for fans that break through the TV filter and actually attend games,” Casey continued. “It’s what we stand for. While fans will come for the tool, they’ll stay for the community, connection and competition. After all, going to games is a shared experience.”
Hardball Passport serves as the first integrated sequel to Basketball Passport - bbpassport.com - launched in October 2013. Basketball Passport members can use their existing login credentials to access Hardball Passport. “From the beginning, we wanted to create one ‘global’ profile for users as we expand to other sports and ultimately launched the Sports Passport mobile app,” Casey said. “It’ll be a singular seamless experience.”