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Seattle Mariners to test cashless concessions stands at T-Mobile Park

The cashless trend at sports venues in the United States continues. The Seattle Mariners have announced that a select number of concessions stands inside T-Mobile Park will only accept credit, debit and gift cards.

“Information gathered about customer wait times and transaction speed will be evaluated after the season to determine the future of the cash-free transaction model for the ballpark,” the team said in a statement.

T-Mobile Park is following in the footsteps of Tropicana Field, the home of the MLB Tampa Bay Rays, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which houses the NFL Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United, in going cashless.

The first cashless event at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta United’s MLS home opener against FC Cincinnati two weekends ago – “went very smoothly” according to officials.

According to parent company AMB Group, the cash-to-card kiosks – for fans who do not have credit/debit cards and mobile payment tools – were utilised by less than one per cent of attendees, while the number of transactions prior to and during the match were in direct line with average numbers from last season.