Nationals bring in FIS to enhance ballpark experience

Financial technology company FIS has agreed a partnership with the Washington Nationals through which it will improve the ballpark experience at Nationals Park.

As the official payments technology provider for the Nationals, FIS will provide merchant processing technology to the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. The partnership also includes a renovation of Nationals Park’s Champions Club which features an enhanced and elevated fan experience for fans. 

Worldpay from FIS will allow Nationals fans to seamlessly pay for tickets, food, beverages, merchandise and sports betting at the ballpark. Utilising FIS’s first-of-its-kind analytics platform will allow the Nationals to deliver a more personalised experience to fans.

“The Nationals are raising the bar for technology innovation at the ballpark,” said Bruce Lowthers, president of FIS. “Through our collaboration, fans can continue to make purchases effortlessly and spend more time watching the game. We’re thrilled to be a part of the Nationals’ game time experience and their vision to put their fans first.”

The FIS Champions Club intends to commemorate the District of Columbia’s baseball history and display the team’s awards and accolades, including the 2019 Commissioner’s Trophy from the Nationals’ World Series win.

Fans will enjoy upgraded décor and an elevated F&B experience, including gourmet burgers, dessert stations, signature cocktails, all-inclusive fountain beverages and more. The FIS Champions Club will welcome fans on Opening Day 2022.  

“We are thrilled to partner with FIS to bring our fans an unparalleled experience in D.C. sports,” said Alan Gottlieb, chief operating officer of Lerner Sports Group, parent company of the Nationals.

“The Club renovation will be a stunning tribute to baseball’s history in D.C. and give our fans a best-in-class experience. In addition, FIS’s technology will be an important part of our frictionless payments strategy and will help us provide a more personalised, streamlined ballpark experience to everyone.”

In January, the Nationals entered into a partnership with sports betting and gaming company BetMGM, which is due to open a new branded sportsbook at Nationals Park.

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