The Miami Heat basketball team is joining the mobile and contactless payment movement by offering fans a QR code-based mobile wallet system to make food, souvenir or ticket purchases from a mobile phone throughout the team's American Airlines Arena.

The user creates a PIN after registering for the service to access the wallet portion of the app, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Sports arenas are common sites for testing and launching new payment capabilities. The Tampa Bay Lightning, a hockey team, even offered fans a souvenir jersey with an embedded payment chip back in 2011

Under the Heat's system, when a fan presents the QR code at a concession or souvenir stand, funds are taken from a linked credit card account and the user earns rewards that are converted to Arena Bucks, the Heat said in an Oct. 5 press release.

As the user collects Arena Bucks, they will appear as another payment option within the wallet. If an item costs more than the amount of Arena Bucks available, the fan can use the linked card account to pay the remainder.

The mobile app also includes a ticketing function that will allow fans to enter the arena by scanning a QR code from their phones. Purchased tickets are loaded into a Ticketmaster account on the phone.

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