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Charge your Crackerjacks at 8 MLB stadiums whose in-seat hawkers accept cards

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It’s the bottom of the ninth, the bases are loaded, and
you’ve got a sudden hankering for lobster tacos and a cold brew.

No cash for the beer man? You no longer have to attempt a
Rickey-Henderson-like dash to the concession stand to pay with your credit card
and get back to your seat without missing a clutch hit.

Major League Baseball food and beverage partner Aramark
recently announced its “hawkers” – the people who roam the stands selling trays
of beer, peanuts and other goodies – will accept credit cards in select big
league stadiums this season.

“Expanding credit card payments to general seating is a natural
evolution and we believe we are the first concessionaire to roll out this
option on this scale within MLB,” said Aramark spokesman David Freireich. “The
vendors will continue to accept cash payments, too, but this is another payment
option for fans.”

Freireich said Aramark piloted in-seat cashless payments
during the 2017 NFL season and at one ballpark in Florida during MLB’s spring training. Aramark is in the final stages of testing the system at each of its
MLB stadiums to ensure infrastructure and systems compatibility.

“We expect most of our eight MLB food locations will offer
this payment option to begin the season and anticipate all of them will do so
not long after opening day,” Freireich said.

Freireich said a “handful” of in-seat vendors would be armed
with card payment devices, and that the number could potentially increase
depending on acceptance and usage.

Aramark serves food and beverages at the following stadiums:

  • Citi
    Field,
    home of the New York Mets
  • Citizens
    Bank Park,
    home of the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Coors
    Field,
    home of the Colorado Rockies
  • Fenway
    Park,
    home of the Boston Red Sox
  • Kauffman
    Stadium,
    home of the Kansas City Royals
  • Minute
    Maid Park,
    home of the Houston Astros
  • PNC Park,
    home of the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Rogers
    Centre,
    home of the Toronto Blue Jays

Aramark’s announcement was part of the roll-out of its 2018
food menu, which includes such culinary delights as lobster tacos at Citi
Field, a pulled pork pierogie hoagie at PNC Park and poutine at Rogers Centre. 

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