Nov. 19 (UPI) — The Nationwide Soccer League introduced Thursday a partnership with Visa to go cash-free for the Tremendous Bowl.

Visa offered help to the NFL to alter its point-of-sale construction to touchless, digital funds solely throughout Tremendous Bowl LV as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, based on a press release. This implies 100% digital funds shall be accepted for parking, concessions, retail, and cellular ordering. Past the sport, “Tremendous Bowl Expertise offered by Lowe’s” shall be 100% cash-free for the primary time.

ATMs that trade money for Visa pre-paid playing cards as much as $500 shall be obtainable for followers who want it.

“Visa is considered one of our key companions in serving to us think about how our followers will expertise the NFL in years to return,” Renie Anderson, the NFL’s govt vice chairman of partnerships and chief income officer, stated in a press release. “We’re excited to announce that for our largest occasion the long run is right here, and we thank Visa for the modern strategy to allow a safer method to pay at Tremendous Bowl LV. This transfer won’t solely make the sport extra pleasant and environment friendly for our followers, however most significantly, safer for all concerned.”

Visa already assisted in upgrading six stadiums to simply accept contactless funds in recent times, however amid the pandemic, the NFL has requested it to go additional than that, Visa’s information to touchless funds, additionally unveiled Thursday, reveals. Greater than 20 stadiums nationwide have such transformation plans, together with stadiums for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

Visa present in an August survey that that over 75% of customers have already modified how they pay to scale back contact amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The California-based monetary providers firm stated that, together with making followers really feel safer and safer, different advantages embrace driving income since followers spend 25% extra per transaction at cash-free stadiums or arenas, rising effectivity by limiting cash-related fraud, and inspiring loyalty by linking digital purchases to loyalty platforms to reward followers.

“Lengthy earlier than the pandemic sparked demand for secure, touchless experiences, Visa has been on the forefront of in-stadium digital innovation,” Mary Ann Reilly, senior vice chairman, head of Visa’s North America advertising and marketing, stated in a press release. “Visa will proceed to guide the purpose of sale digital transformation at stadiums nationwide, as a result of changing to touchless, digital funds is not a luxurious, however a necessity for followers and concessionaires alike.”