Two Major League Baseball stadiums will be accepting Apple Pay and will do so just in time for the World Series Tuesday (Oct. 21).
"MLB Advanced Media, the digital media company of Major League Baseball, announced that MasterCard is bringing contactless acceptance to ballpark food and beverage concessions, enabling fans to make payments using a variety of NFC-enabled devices and services, including the newly introduced Apple Pay," reported Forbes. "These two ballparks (Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and AT&T Park in San Francisco) will be the first professional sports facilities to accept Apple Pay, when it debuts for fans attending Game One of the World Series in Kansas City."
Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard, issued a statement trumpeting the move. "The ballpark experience lends itself well to simple, secure payments so fans get through concessions and back to the game quickly. We’re thrilled to partner with MLBAM to bring contactless acceptance to the 2014 World Series. Through our longstanding relationship with MLB and MLBAM we are constantly looking for opportunities to create enhanced fan experiences both in-stadium and online, whether that’s through advanced payment capabilities or delivering surprises to fans."