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Ashton Gate Stadium to go cashless

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Link on main page under 'More from Bristol Sport'. Looks like the link has been pulled and nothing happened when I clicked the link for more info. Looks like this is going to happen soon though.

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2 minutes ago, Seneca the Younger said:

It's the future, people will complain nonetheles

And so they should because its discriminatory. It goes against best practice as advised in valuing me etc. Best practice for those with disabilities. There should always be alternatives.

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I wonder whether it will also go along with some type of Pre-Paid card method, I know a couple of clubs already have this. So you would be able to top your Season Cards or Membership card up with money and then use that.

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According to the website, it will be mostly cashless, but there will be areas where you CAN pay by cash. Makes sense.

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1 minute ago, Riaz said:

According to the website, it will be mostly cashless, but there will be areas where you CAN pay by cash. Makes sense.

FFS what can the serially offended be outraged about now? Ashton out. 

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4 minutes ago, BRISTOL86 said:

FFS what can the serially offended be outraged about now? Ashton out. 

Oooh! Got it.

The 'beep' the card machine is going to make will make it even more difficult to hear the PA system that already doesn't work.

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Technology is ok until it goes wrong. I was in ASDA LWG once when all the electronic card readers were kaput, it was carnage. Either cash payments or those manual card readers with the carbon paper…

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Since they ramped up the prices in the sports bar at the start of the season, I hardly spend anything in the stadium these days, occasionally I get a coffee but that's about it.

Still, if going cashless quickens things up then I am happy to encourage it.

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This may seem a good idea by the young men in suits running things, for me it's no problem - I pay for everything I possibly can by card even if it's only a couple of quid - but look around AG on matchday and there's a very large ageing section of the fanbase....a sea of grey heads as I look along the Lansdown.  They'll probably just not bother buying anything rather than getting to grips with new tech.

This is the sort of thing that should be sounded out through fan groups and the SC & T (maybe it was?) and ...whisper it...the SLO.

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24 minutes ago, Riaz said:

According to the website, it will be mostly cashless, but there will be areas where you CAN pay by cash. Makes sense.

Only as part of the phase out.

Almost certain to go fully cashless by the start of next season

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4 minutes ago, CyderInACan said:

I get that some people like using cash but to blindly assume that "older people" won't be able to cope is a tad OTT and a ridiculous assumption to make! 

You're not that old, Reg!

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3 minutes ago, CyderInACan said:

I get that some people like using cash but to blindly assume that "older people" won't be able to cope is a tad OTT and a ridiculous assumption to make! 

Gotta tap your season ticket to get in, gotta tap your season ticket to get a discount. Tapping your card to pay might be a step too far for us old uns. 

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14 minutes ago, CodeRed said:

This may seem a good idea by the young men in suits running things, for me it's no problem - I pay for everything I possibly can by card even if it's only a couple of quid - but look around AG on matchday and there's a very large ageing section of the fanbase....a sea of grey heads as I look along the Lansdown.  They'll probably just not bother buying anything rather than getting to grips with new tech.

This is the sort of thing that should be sounded out through fan groups and the SC & T (maybe it was?) and ...whisper it...the SLO.

Bristol Sport should also be consulting organisations that support individuals.

I work for a charity that supports vulnerable individuals in the community. Bristol Sport decided to alter the way they sold tickets and put their services on line. An individual I supported could not use on line services, his disability prevented him doing so. I pointed this out to Bristol Sport and the response suggested that individuals should take over and act on his behalf, creating membership on his behalf and making the payments - The suggestion contravened data protection and normal working guidelines = In my working environment it would be a gross misconduct offence. The individual no longer attends Ashton Gate and has lost the interest in attending at all.

A problem with cashless services is that they are frequently not person centred. They benefit the service not the consumer (fan).

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At 62 I probably fall into the older generation category. I dislike cashless, not because I don't understand or have problems using cards, Ive had them for decades, but simply that I know where I am with cash. My preference has always been to remove cash from an ATM and then use cash from my wallet to make payments. I don't get lost with what I'm spending as if its not I'm my wallet I can't spend it. I won't go into a cashless pub  so I'll just have tp spend more in the Coopers. 

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Was at the Motorpoint Arena a couple of weeks back,  all the bars on the ground floor were cashless certainly worked in cutting the queue time down. Sooner they bring it it the better as far as I'm concerned. 

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8 minutes ago, RedRaw said:

Only as part of the phase out.

Almost certain to go fully cashless by the start of next season

Almost certain to NOT go fully cashless by the start of next season.

For all the reasons stated above.

Even if there is only a few places where you can use cash, there will still be one. 

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14 minutes ago, CyderInACan said:

I get that some people like using cash but to blindly assume that "older people" won't be able to cope is a tad OTT and a ridiculous assumption to make! 

Based on the fact my dad is moaning about it! 

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1 hour ago, bcfcshorey said:

I wonder whether it will also go along with some type of Pre-Paid card method, I know a couple of clubs already have this. So you would be able to top your Season Cards or Membership card up with money and then use that.

This has to be an option surely. But I guess ST’s will then have to be sophisticated enough to be able to add money to them. 

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12 minutes ago, Vincent Vega said:

Was at the Motorpoint Arena a couple of weeks back,  all the bars on the ground floor were cashless certainly worked in cutting the queue time down. Sooner they bring it it the better as far as I'm concerned. 

But it's a myth that cashless always cuts down waiting time. At the Cardiff City stadium I went straight to the front using cash while there was a queue for those using their cards. 

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30 minutes ago, MelksRed said:

I see this as a positive move - although I will still need my trusty £3.50 for my programme (unless, of course, they are going to give the vendors one of those card readers?)

And the charity collectors, can’t rattle a bucket of contactless!

Actually I do wonder about the charity collectors with less and less people carrying actually money, especially loose change. Donations must be affected?

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1 hour ago, bcfcshorey said:

I wonder whether it will also go along with some type of Pre-Paid card method, I know a couple of clubs already have this. So you would be able to top your Season Cards or Membership card up with money and then use that.

I would never use a pre-paid card because adding money to a card would be, in effect, giving City an interest free loan.  

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I suppose it will get around the fact that half their bar staff seem incapable of working out change.  Another life skill that will be no longer required in near future, along with spelling and basic arithmetic.

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7 minutes ago, RedM said:

And the charity collectors, can’t rattle a bucket of contactless!

Actually I do wonder about the charity collectors with less and less people carrying actually money, especially loose change. Donations must be affected?

There are already a lot of companies that supply contactless collection devices for charities. The downside is these involve a charge that reduces the amount going to the charity. 

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21 minutes ago, RoystonFoote'snephew said:

But it's a myth that cashless always cuts down waiting time. At the Cardiff City stadium I went straight to the front using cash while there was a queue for those using their cards. 

All the bars were cashless so you wouldn't have got served at the Motorpoint. 

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14 minutes ago, Port Said Red said:

I suppose it will get around the fact that half their bar staff seem incapable of working out change.  Another life skill that will be no longer required in near future, along with spelling and basic arithmetic.

Ha ha I know. Most tills now work out the change too, all they have to do is count up the coins/notes to that amount. Remember when people actually had to add up things in our heads and subtract them from the note you were handed and give correct change, all whilst serving! 

God I feel old 😀

Cashless does speed up things a lot though, I almost never use cash for anything

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8 minutes ago, jj77 said:

People think Bristol is a bit behind the times.

The posts here sort of prove it.

FFS!

Not really. 99% OF People will be fine. But there will be 1% of people, mainly of the older generation, who still use cash. Thats everywhere, not just bristol.

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4 minutes ago, Vincent Vega said:

All the bars were cashless so you wouldn't have got served at the Motorpoint. 

You are talking about two different venues for two different events I believe 

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