Tech Stack: FIFA, Houston Rockets and more

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FIFA, football’s global governing body, has extended its partnership with digital payments company Visa until 2026.

Visa will continue to serve as the official payment technology partner for FIFA activities globally. Visa cardholders will also receive exclusive and behind-the-scenes access throughout tournaments, Visa cardholder pre-sale events, and other promotions.

The partnership will focus on enhancing the fan experience for the 2026 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico.

Evolv Technology, a provider of AI-based weapons detection security screening, has partnered with the NBA’s Houston Rockets and the team’s Toyota Center arena.

Evolv’s machines will allow fans to enter Toyota Center at an accelerated rate. The machines have been placed at multiple entrances around Toyota Center.

Lega Serie A chief executive Luigi De Siervo has detailed plans for all top-tier stadiums in Italy to be fitted with facial recognition technology to combat racism.

Check out our story from earlier in the week for more details.

Elsewhere in Serie A, AC Milan has renewed its partnership with Clivet, a provider of sustainable heat pump solutions.

Clivet will continue to serve as the club’s air conditioning and air quality partner. Clivet has provided air renewal and purification systems at Milan’s San Siro stadium, as well as the club’s training centre.

Premier League football club Manchester United has named Scayle as its official e-commerce partner.

United’s new e-commerce experience will launch later this year as the club looks to deliver a “best-in-class” direct-to-consumer experience for its global fan base. Scayle provides technical services for more than 140 online stores and was specifically designed for B2C use cases with a focus on the fashion, lifestyle and sports sectors.