Fans at tomorrow’s Hero Caribbean Premier League final between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Barbados Tridents will be able to do so without having to walk around with cash in their pockets when they are seeking refreshments from the concessionaries at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.
This is because Republic Bank Limited, the official CPL banking partner, is unveiling its pioneering wearable payment platform at the match, which bowls off at 5 pm and will be preceded by a women’s T10 match between the NLCB Revellers and the Courts Gladiators from 12.30 pm.
In a release Friday, RBL said 1,500 lucky cricket fans at the doubleheader will receive a wristband pre-loaded with $50 to be spent at the dedicated Contactless Carib Bar. The company said each wristband is PIN-protected and will connect wirelessly to allow instant cash-free purchase.
“We want to make sure that our payment solutions match the needs and expectations of the modern Caribbean customer. Our contactless wristbands will take the time and effort out of buying a drink, so patrons at the Hero CPL final can focus on enjoying the cricket. This is a giant leap in the digital payment culture for the Caribbean,” RBL Executive Director Derwin Howell said in the release.
“This is the first in a series of innovative payment solutions that Republic Bank will roll out in the coming months.”
To make a purchase, patrons will be required to place their wrist near a contactless terminal to activate payment. Patrons will also have the option of re-loading the wristband with additional funds via LINX or credit card, or can donate any unused funds to the bank’s ‘6 for 6’ campaign in support of relief efforts in the Bahamas.
“An RBL team will be on site to answer questions from patrons utilizing the bands as well as to assist with top-ups,” Howell said.