Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, has switched to a completely cashless set-up for all events, the NFL American football franchise has confirmed.

The change has occurred ahead of the team’s pre-season clash with the Miami Dolphins on August 29.

“Visitors to the stadium for games, concerts and other events can expect to exclusively use a credit card, debit card or mobile payment for all purchases in the facility,” the Bengals said. “Going cashless allows the stadium to operate more efficiently and effectively as cashless transactions are faster, more secure and reduce wait times to allow fans to get back to the action sooner.”

Paperless ticketing was introduced at Paul Brown Stadium during the pandemic, but the cashless technology will now also apply to all concession stands and roaming vendors selling food and drinks.

Another new rule introduced last season – the so-called “clear bag policy” – will also remain in place, with only clear bags smaller than 12 x 12 x 6 inches permitted in the stadium, as well as clutch purses that are smaller than 6.5 x 4.5 inches.

The franchise is yet to confirm its COVID-19 safety measures for the new season, with NFL rivals such as the Los Angeles Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers among those to have outlined their protocols for fans and staff earlier this week.

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