The newest stadium in the National Football League won’t allow customers to use cash.
The Las Vegas Raiders made the announcement Thursday, saying that the $1.97 billion Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas “will be the first venue in American pro sports to open as a cashless venue. As part of our ongoing dedication to provide our fans and patrons with a world-class sports and live entertainment experience, and in response to feedback from our most loyal customers, cash will not be accepted as a form of payment at any stadium-controlled parking location or within Allegiant Stadium.”
On event days, cash will be prohibited at the Ticketmaster Box Office as well as all stadium-controlled parking, merchandise, food and beverage locations.
Fans will be able to use debit cards, credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay. There will also be kiosks throughout the stadium that allow fans to exchange cash for a pre-paid card that can be used inside or outside Allegiant. Vendors will continue to accept cash tips.
The Raiders expect transactions to be faster, which will lead to faster service and shorter lines. The team said it surveyed personal seat license holders, finding that a “huge majority prefer cashless payment options.”
Cashless transactions will also fit with new health and safety guidance from Nevada governor Steve Sisolak, whose Medical Advisory Team is urging businesses to use contactless payment systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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