The New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium will operate as a cashless venue when it welcomes fans back for the first time since the 2019 postseason, with unvaccinated supporters also having to wear a mask.
The Patriots are set to take on Washington Football Team at home on August 12, with a number of COVID-19 protocols in place to make sure fans remain safe. The venue is now cashless, and tickets can be presented via a mobile device only, a policy which will remain in place for the 2021 season.
Downloading the Gillette Stadium App means that fans will have touch-free interaction with gates as well as making it easier to transfer tickets to others.
As the stadium is also cash-free, amenities will accept electronic payment including debit and credit cards, wallet or watch payments. Should fans bring cash, there are cash-to-card machines throughout the venue, with the cash being converted to a VISA card.
Concerning entry requirements, the NFL team stated: “While vaccinations will not be required for fans’ stadium entry, all ticketholders must agree that neither they nor their guests will attend an event if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to the event. Unvaccinated fans are asked to wear a mask to Gillette Stadium events.”
Gillette Stadium has also implemented several venue upgrades for the new season, including the transformation of the South End Zone concourse into a walk-in food and beverage hub, and a ProShop for fans to purchase team gear.
A new video screen supplied by Daktronics has also been fitted at Gillette Stadium. The display will be 70% larger than the previous screen, measuring just under 53 feet high by 220 feet wide.