“Stronger together.” That’s the 2020 motto for the Philadelphia Eagles. Through these extraordinary times, while venues closed as early as March and sports teams played to empty seats, the Eagles built strength through the support of their fellow teammates — the same strategy that allowed them to make history and win their first Super Bowl in 2018.
Now, “stronger together” goes beyond the huddle. On October 18, the Eagles’ home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, reopened for the first time this year, proving “stronger together” is inclusive of not only team players, but also fans, coaches, stadium personnel and staff—and Appetize, a Proud Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles, helped welcome the safe return of thousands of people who attended the home game.
“It’s incredible to see the Philadelphia Eagles welcome back fans and staff for the 2020 football season,” says Appetize Senior Vice President Wayne Scarsella. “Appetize powers technology for over 63% of U.S. major league sports teams, and our innovative mobile ordering and contactless payment solutions have helped many stadiums reopen safely — including Lincoln Financial Field. We’re proud to partner with the Eagles to create a contactless experience, and together, we look forward to continuing to exceed fan expectations beyond Covid-19.”
While Lincoln Financial Field implemented safety policies and protocols (including required face masks for all guests), Appetize helps enforce the stadium’s safety measures by providing contactless payment technology, including handhelds for staff and over 400 terminals throughout the stadium. These technologies not only improve fan safety, they also increase guest satisfaction by reducing lines at concessions, providing faster checkout and transactions, and promoting social distancing.
As a way to modernize its facilities, Lincoln Financial Field now supports a “cashless” environment, including completely cash-free concessions. The stadium also provides cash conversion stations to help eliminate the handling of cash. Fans can load cash into the machines, which in turn offer payment cards reflecting the denomination.
The reopening of Lincoln Financial Field was under the guidelines provided by NFL and public health experts and following the approval of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. For now, the stadium occupancy is limited to 7,500 people, including players, coaches, team, stadium personnel, media and fans.
“We thank our fans for their patience and understanding throughout this process,” says Don Smolenski, Philadelphia Eagles President. “We are so excited to welcome them back to Lincoln Financial Field and look forward to sharing in the game day experience with them once again.”
Lincoln Financial Field will remain open for the rest of the NFL season.