MasterCard is partnering with Major League Baseball Advanced Media to bring contactless payment acceptance to ballpark food and beverage concessions at this year's World Series.
The partnership allows baseball fans to make payments using a variety of Near Field Communication-enabled devices and services, including the newly introduced Apple Pay, which launched on Monday for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus consumers.
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and AT&T Park in San Francisco are the first two professional sports facilities that will accept Apple Pay, MasterCard said in a press release.
"The ballpark experience lends itself well to simple, secure payments so fans get through concessions and back to the game quickly," Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer for MasterCard, said in the release.
Apple Pay works for MasterCard credit and debit cardholders through the card provider's Digital Enablement Service. Apple Pay uses NFC-technology at the point of sale and operates through the Passbook app to initiate online payments. It incorporates security features such as Touch ID or a passcode to authorize every payment and tokenization.
In addition to contactless acceptance at these two ballparks, MLBAM and Tickets.com will offer support for Apply Pay when consumers purchase single-game tickets for the 2015 baseball season through the At the Ballpark application.
"We thank MasterCard for its great involvement in bringing another simple and secure mobile technology to baseball fans," said Noah Garden, executive vice president of revenue for MLBAM, in the release. "Being able to build reliable, convenient and authentic technologies on their personal devices is no longer a nice-to-have option. It's central to their experiences."