Leicester City, the English Premier League football club, has confirmed that fans visiting its King Power Stadium will only have cashless payment options on the concourses of its main stands.
The move comes after more than 80% of kiosks in the general-admission areas were cashless during the 2018-19 season.
The club claimed that the phased roll-out of the cashless technology last season had a noticeable impact on average waiting times for fans and also improved security provisions.
Supporters will now only be able to purchase food and beverages using a debit or credit card with chip and PIN. Mobile phones and contactless payments for amounts under £30 (€32/$36) will also be accepted.
However, visitors to the hospitality areas will be able to use cash still, as will fans visiting the ticket office, merchandise store and a treats kiosk in the Family Stand.
Leicester’s move to cashless comes after the club last week appointed Legends International to carry out “crucial” market research plans that will underpin plans for the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium.
The research process will establish a better understanding of supporters’ match-day routines and preferences, which will in turn assist the club in planning the development of fan-orientated facilities and services to enhance the experience for visitors.