About 5,200 fans coming to country star Eric Church’s Tyson Events Center concert on Friday won’t need tickets to get inside. Rather, they’ll need their credit or debit card.

The city-owned venue for the first time is using “paperless tickets,” a system meant to cut down on scalping and counterfeits.

Erika Newton, of the city Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the technology helps ensure that seats bought online aren’t fraudulent, a scenario that happened during Willie Nelson’s Sept. 18 Orpheum Theatre concert.

“Someone paid over $100 for a $40 ticket and when she tried to get in, we had to tell her the ticket was not good,” she said.

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