The Super Bowl could be CASHLESS by 2025: Visa and the NFL team up to promise event that runs only on digital payments

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
By Paul Martin

Visa and the National Football League extended their partnership through 2025
They promise to have a ‘cashless experience’ at the Super Bowl in the future
For now, some retailers and vendors at Super Bowl 53 are already going cashless

29 January 2019

So you’re headed to the Super Bowl some year in the future, and you’re wondering how much cash you’ll need for the big game.

No worries: During its sponsorship renewal with the NFL through the 2025 season, Visa envisions the first cashless Super Bowl.

It won’t be this year, although 50 percent of concession stands that are available for making purchases for Sunday’s title game between the Rams and Patriots will be cashless.

But it likely is coming.

‘Part of what we talk a lot about with the NFL is getting a path to cashless events, and the epicenter is the Super Bowl,’ said Chris Curtin, Visa’s chief brand and innovation marketing officer. ‘

‘We are working on an architecture that will get us there, it’s something we are really keen on.

‘We want an experience that from head to toe will be a cashless experience. The NFL has agreed to partner with us in making that a reality. That is where our energy is now.

‘We have a lot of learnings from other partnerships such as the Olympics and World Cup, we would like to apply those learnings to this experience and make it engaging and rewarding and inviting to fans,’ he added.

And not only at the Super Bowl, but at other league-run events such as the draft, the Pro Bowl, and the international games in London and Mexico City.

During Super Bowl week in Atlanta, Visa is activating a dedicated ‘MVP’ checkout lane at the NFL Shop to encourage cardholders to pay with contactless devices and get in and out of line quickly.

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