ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - The next time Tampa Bay Rays fans head to a home game, don’t bother bringing cash.
The Rays announced they will be turning Tropicana Field into a cash-free zone. It will be the first sports venue in the country to do so. They said they will accept the following payment forms: Major credit cards, Rays gift cards, mobile payments such as Apple Pay and season-ticket holders' Rays Cards.
Tests led by E15, a tech firm, showed that switching to a no-cash policy will cut transaction times in half, allowing “faster moving lines and increased fan satisfaction,” the team said in a press release.
“Throughout our testing last season at Tropicana Field, we saw that fans quickly adapted to cash-free environments and loved the resulting benefits to the game-day experience,” Jaime Faulkner, CEO of E15, said in statement. “By offering fans a variety of forms of electronic payment, coupled with the ability to exchange cash for gift cards, we can ensure that fans are having frictionless experiences and getting back to enjoy the game.”
The first cash-free event will be during Fan Fest, which will be held on February 9 at Tropicana Field.