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Sheffield United joins cashless drive

Newly-promoted Sheffield United has become the latest English Premier League football club to announce its intention to transition towards a fully cashless stadium.

The Yorkshire club opened its 2019-20 Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday. Starting from its first top-flight game at Bramall Lane since 2006-07, when it will face Crystal Palace on Sunday, United has said it will commence working towards fully cashless status.

The club will be operating new till systems and payment devices, stating the move will enhance the fan experience at the world’s oldest professional football stadium.

From Sunday’s game, no cash will be accepted at the majority of food and refreshment kiosks within the stadium, although there will be one cash/card till per kiosk. United said in a statement: “The results will see increased speed of service and shorter queue times, coupled with more payment options and improved hygiene, with staff not handling cash.”

All major contactless debit and credit cards will be accepted, with chip and pin applying for purchases over £30 (€32/$36). Mobile payments, including Apple Pay and Google Pay, will also be utilised.

Leicester City’s King Power Stadium went fully cashless for Sunday’s season-opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Over 80 per cent of kiosks in general-admission areas were cashless last season as the club carried out a phased approach to improving the speed of service at King Power Stadium.

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