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Wembley Arena has leveraged its sponsorship deal with Barclaycard to become the UK’s first music venue to introduce a contactless payment system.

The introduction of contactless payment systems to Wembley Arena – previously mainly a cash venue – is designed to make transactions quicker and easier for customers.

The venue says the average contactless transaction is 12.5 seconds faster than cash, meaning that the new system is expected to significantly reduce the time customers spend in queues rather than enjoying concerts and gigs.

Barclaycard’s sponsorship also allows its customers access to a fast track entrance to the venue and advanced ticketing for events at Wembley Arena.

Barclaycard’s Stuart Neal says, “The music and leisure industry is a fantastic opportunity for contactless, freeing concert-goers from the worry of carrying a wallet or having the correct change. There’s definitely scope for the implementation of contactless technology across festivals over the coming years - such as that used at Wireless this summer.”

Wembley Arena general manager John Drury comments, “The introduction of contactless technology is a fantastic move for the venue as it adds to the overall experience of seeing the world’s best music and comedy live. Contactless means customers spend more time enjoying who they came to see, as opposed to waiting in line.”

The Contactless system allows customers to make purchases of £15 or less, without the need to enter a PIN or enter their card into a payment terminal. Once the card has been held over the contactless terminal, the transaction uses a secure network to automatically add the purchase to the customer’s credit card bill or debit it from their current account.

Barclaycard says more than 42,500 contactless terminals have been supplied to retail and leisure venues across the UK, with over 100 new terminals in Wembley Arena alone.

so does this mean the most you can spend at the bar is £15? That means no more than, what, 2 drinks at London prices?

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so does this mean the most you can spend at the bar is £15? That means no more than, what, 2 drinks at London prices?

Even festival prices would limit you - not unusual to spend £20+ at a trip to the drinks bar.

Can't see it working at Glastonbury - can't imagine the hippie stalls on the way to the stone circle signing on somehow

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