May 20, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
If you’re want to go and watch San Jose, there’s no need to take your wallet with you.
No, they are not handing out free tickets… but the Earthquakes have become the first professional soccer team to accept bitcoin currency in their stadium as the Major League Soccer side are getting super fancy on us.
On Sunday when the Houston Dynamo roll into town you will now be able to pay for tickets, merchandise and concessions via your smartphone as Buck Shaw Stadium becomes a technological haven. San Jose has partnered with San Francisco-based Coinbase and will allow fans to process digital payments when watching Chris Wondolowski and co.
Speaking on Monday, Earthquakes President Dave Kaval had the following to say on the innovative deal.
“In the spirit of Silicon Valley, the Earthquakes are constantly looking for ways to innovate,” Kaval said. “Coinbase’s bitcoin payment processor adds another cutting edge payment option that further streamlines the commerce experience for fans.”
Coinbase has more than 1.2 million consumer wallets, 30,000 merchants and 5,000 API applications. For fans to use this service they must already have a bitcoin wallet on a mobile device to make purchases.
All of this news comes ahead of the ‘Quakes move to their new soccer-specific stadium in 2015. With cutting-edge technology already in their minds it will be exciting to see what they have in store for their new venue.
In a few months times people may well look back to the San Jose Earthquakes as innovators as smartphones act as digital wallets at soccer venues across the rest of the world.
Then again, for guys who have had a few too many beers and have a hankering for nachos or a hot dog whilst at a game, this invention could be quite dangerous and hit their pocket hard.
Their virtual pocket, that is.
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