Scottish Premiership football club Rangers has partnered with Sporting Pay in a deal that will introduce cashless payment solutions at Ibrox Stadium.
As the official payments partner of the Glasgow-based club, Sporting Pay will provide Ibrox with state-of-the-art payments solutions, including electric point of sale terminals and contactless card payment machines at catering kiosks and in selected hospitality lounges.
The move will give Rangers fans the option to pay for products using chip and PIN and contactless devices for the first time.
Rangers said that cashless payments would be introduced as a phased approach at Ibrox this month, with Sporting Pay’s product and services fully rolled out throughout the stadium by the end of the 2019-20 season. It remains unclear when Rangers’ next home match will be after all matches in Scottish football were postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Rangers’ director of commercial and marketing James Bisgrove said: “Sporting Pay’s technology will allow supporters to quickly and efficiently make card payments within the stadium footprint enhancing the match-day experience and reducing queue times.
“We are continually looking to drive technological advancements at Ibrox to improve the match-day experience and are delighted to launch with Sporting Pay as an indicator towards future similar initiatives, such as an in-stadia Wi-Fi solution for supporters.”
Sporting Pay managing director Chris Norminton added: “As we work with some of the biggest stadiums and grounds throughout the UK we know that having the latest in payment technology and cashless payments is not only a great boost for clubs but also vastly improves the supporter and visitor experience.
“We are really looking forward to working with the club throughout this project. We wish the club, players and supporters the best of luck for the seasons ahead.”
Sporting Pay already delivers payment solutions at Lord’s, Edgbaston and Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium.
Other UK-based venues that have recently announced plans to go cashless include Hull’s Bonus Arena, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.
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