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Levi’s Stadium, Home of San Francisco 49ers, Going Cashless

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that Levi’s Stadium will be a cashless payment venue whenever fans are able to return to watch NFL action in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers also used the announcement to promote a multi-year partnership extension with Visa, making the move to only accept card or mobile payments for concessions, […]

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Tech Companies Focused on Contactless Fan Experience

However and whenever sports fans are allowed back into venues, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the new technologies that were already in planning and development to make the experience more frictionless than ever before. Gone — at least for now and perhaps for good — are the days when paper tickets were exchanged […]

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Micro Events and Web Episodes:
How One Event Organizer Repositioned His Business

Twenty years ago, Micah Desforges launched Ripper Skateboards, a project that began as a passion play of sorts for the Montreal native who was a skateboarder and action sports enthusiast. Over the course of a decade, the brand grew in popularity, generating a social media following that still boasts nearly 70,000 followers on Facebook even though […]

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3 Companies Preparing for the Return of Spectators

So much of the sports-event industry’s return to action from the COVID-19 pandemic has been focused, as a first step, on making sure the competitors are able to perform without the risk of catching the coronavirus. But just as important is how crowds will be able to become part of the scenery again — first […]

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Las Vegas Raiders Ready for Allegiant Stadium Opening

The Las Vegas Raiders are on schedule to inherit the keys to Allegiant Stadium on July 31, a team executive revealed during the webinar “Why Flexibility in Venues is More Important than Ever” organized by SportTechie. Matt Pasco, vice president for information technology at the Raiders, says the stadium is structurally complete and the ongoing […]

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WiFi Service for Sports Venues: 4 Things You Must Know

NASCAR recently announced that it is partnering with Verizon to upgrade wireless connectivity at 12 of its racetracks. In announcing the move, Craig Neeb, the executive vice president and chief innovation officer at NASCAR, said, “Partnering with Verizon will offer fans the benefits of reliable in-venue connectivity as we usher in a new era for […]

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Ripken Baseball to Offer Age and Grade Verification at Events

Ripken Baseball has announced a partnership with National Sports ID to ensure safer play for participants at its four venues by offering a system to verify the ages of youth baseball players at tournaments. Through the agreement, National Sports ID will make its technology available to provide youth sports age and grade verification for participants. […]

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Jason Parker: How Technology is Changing Amateur Sports Events

Technology in sports is everywhere, from the ticket you purchase for an event to your experience at the venue. And for amateur sports organizations in particular, technology is changing the way their participants register for events and experience those events in the months leading up to the game—or even when they are on site waiting […]

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CenturyLink Field Goes Cashless

The home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and MLS’ Seattle Sounders is the latest sports venue to announce it will be going away from cash transactions and moving to a card-based model. CenturyLink Field will accept only credit, debit and prepaid cards for concessions, retail and on-site parking for the stadium, CenturyLink Field Event Center […]

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