Global cashless and data company Tappit and secure identification provider Clear have announced a new strategy partnership focused on developing contactless offerings for professional sports.

Tappit and Clear have identified a shared objective to introduce a range of contactless payments solutions to ‘enhance the post-pandemic fan experience’ as sports stadiums begin to re-increase their capacity limits after over a year of restricted attendances.

The partnership represents a further extension of Tappit’s presence in the sports space, having integrated cashless technology at a number of major US sports venues. 

Notable sports clubs to have linked with the firm include the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL).

Tappit CEO, Jason Thomas, remarked: “Our first priority at Tappit is to ensure a safe, frictionless experience for fans – allowing them to support their favorite teams or artists without worrying about spreading germs, or if their personal information is at risk.

“We’re excited to be working with Clear to make the fan experience even better. Not only will the relationship help us maintain health and safety; it will allow for a more seamless and secure payment and identification process.”

The partners will also focus on other areas of entertainment such as colleges and retail sites, combining their respective technology and mobile identity verification platforms to provide a ‘seamless experience for consumers’ to verify identities and ages for restricted purchases, such as alcohol at sports venues.

Consumers will be able to leverage the tech via their mobile phones and without handling cash or cards, whilst the partners will also work to keep personal identity and payment information security in-app to allow easy mobile use.

“We are thrilled to partner with Tappit to help shape the future fan experience across sports stadiums and venues,” said Clear CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker. “Whether at the game or airport, you are always you and together this partnership is helping fans spend less time proving their identity and more time enjoying the game.”

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