Seattle’s CenturyLink Field to go cashless

CenturyLink Field (Credit: Getty Images)

CenturyLink Field, the home venue of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, has become the latest sports stadium in the United States to go cashless.

All concessions, retail and on-site parking will now only accept credit, debit and prepaid cards. For visitors who do not have debit or credit cards, or prefer to use cash, 10 cash-to-card kiosks will be located throughout the stadium.

The move was made ahead of the home opener of XFL team Seattle Dragons this weekend. The nearby CenturyLink Field Event Center and WAMU Theater are also going cashless.

“We are continually looking at new technology and innovative ways we can improve our customer experience, and moving to a cashless operations model will reduce the length of time our guests spend standing in line,” said David Young, Seahawks’ senior vice-president of business operations and general manager of CenturyLink Field.

“Depending on the event, credit or debit cards are already being used for approximately 75 per cent of all concessions transactions and 90 per cent for retail purchases, so we are confident this will be a seamless transition for our guests and as a result they will experience a positive improvement in wait times.”

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’ Atlanta United, and the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field were the first US venues to go cashless in 2019. Vivint Smart Home Arena, the home venue of the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz, followed suit in January.