Premier League football club Arsenal has detailed plans for Emirates Stadium to become a cashless venue from March onwards.

As part of plans to improve the match-day experience for fans, Arsenal has announced that all bars, restaurants, kiosks, programme sellers and retail outlets inside the stadium will only accept card payment.

The first match that the changes will be in effect for will be against West Ham United on March 7. Arsenal said it has introduced the plans following extensive research on supporters’ habits, the match-day experience and other cashless venues in the UK.

Arsenal venue director Tom McCann said: “93 per cent of our stadium transactions are currently made via card payment. By moving to a fully cashless operation, our fans can expect to experience increased speed and shorter queue times at our bars and kiosks.

“Over the forthcoming match days and events, we will promote the move to a cashless stadium to prepare our fans for this change on 1 March.”

The changes also apply to non-match day events and venue hire. Retail stores outside Emirates Stadium will still accept cash, as will programme sellers outside of the ground.

Arsenal’s announcement comes after Liverpool recently detailed plans to begin a phased cashless rollout across Anfield. Other Premier League stadia to join the cashless drive include Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium, Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane and Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

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