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Manchester City's Etihad Stadium first to offer Fingopay payments

English Premier League champions Manchester City Football Club are now offering fans at their Etihad Stadium a chance to pay for items using Fingopay.

The contract caterer at Manchester City’s ground, F3, has introduced the VeinID payment system to Joe’s Bar in the East Stand.

Fingopay customers can link their vein signatures with their payment cards to pay using just their finger, which is viewed by the industry as an ultra-secure way to pay and an example of a biometric technology expected to increase in popularity in the months ahead.

The Etihad Stadium project is powered by Fingopay’s partnerships with F3Verteda, and Bizie.

Neil Worcester, head of catering operations for F3, said: “This is part of our strategy for delivering innovative new products and services to improve overall fan experience on match days.”

Steve Mcardle, business development director of Verteda, added: “Our objective is to provide the stadium sector with innovation to speed up queues.”

The technology, which uses Hitachi VeinID scanning, is set to launch more widely this summer with several leisure and hospitality venues across Manchester. It removes the need for cash, cards and mobile, and therefore PIN or passwords, and there are no transaction limits.

Venues at Manchester’s Spinningfields, Ancoats and King Street districts are set to deploy the technology in the coming months.

Tim Newns, CEO of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, remarked: “Manchester was recently named one of the most innovative cities in the world and the city’s growing status as a test-bed for digital innovation and transformation has attracted a wealth of companies looking to capitalise on both the high growth market and also the finance and tech talent available here.”

Simon Binns, chief marketing officer at Fingopay, commented: “Manchester has a dynamic hospitality sector with some highly innovative operators, a large student population and positive environment for fintech businesses.

“This city-wide scheme will be a world-first, and we’ve had real encouragement from Greater Manchester Combined Authority to invest and create jobs in the city.”

In addition to its operation at Manchester City, Fingopay has already completed pilots at Festival Number 6, Proud bar Camden, Brunel University and Copenhagen Business School.

Manchester City take on Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium tonight in their pursuit of top-of-the-table Liverpool, who are battling to win their first English top flight title since 1990.

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