Utah Jazz arena, Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena go cashless

Two more sports venues have moved to implement a cashless model in the shape of Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah and FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, England.

Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz NBA basketball franchise, said its new cash-free model will allow the venue to operate more efficiently by removing cash-handling duties and speeding up transaction times.

Only selected food and beverage locations will be cash-free at the arena before a full roll-out next year. The arena’s box office will continue to accept cash payments for the foreseeable future.

The cash-free locations will accept credit, debit and prepaid cards, along with Jazz Notes, Jazz app digital wallet, loaded tickets and food vouchers, while fans will also be given the chance to skip lines at R&R BBQ and El Chubasco by ordering express pick-up through the app or online.

If fans visit the arena with only cash, they will be able to access cash-to-card kiosks to convert their money to a Mastercard prepaid debit card.

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena is now only accepting card payments for parking and catering stalls. The 13,600-seat arena is home to the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team and also hosts other events.

The Steelers will still accept cash for 50-50/SOYB/programmes, chuck-a-puck and in the Steelers Store on a match night.

A spokesperson for the arena said: “From this date we will only be taking payment through the SIV Live App, chip & pin and contactless card payments. We hope that (fans) will soon see the benefit of quicker service and reduce waiting times at our catering stands and thank you in advance for your co-operation.”

FlyDSA Arena’s move to become cashless comes after fellow Sheffield-based venue Bramall Lane announced similar plans in August. The stadium, which is home to newly-promoted Premier League club Sheffield United, is now operating new till systems and payment devices in a move to enhance the fan experience at the venue.

Image: Vivint Smart Home Arena