Rogers Centre is a retractable roof stadium located in Downtown Toronto, in the state of Ontario, Canada. It is in a prime location right by the CN tower and Lake Ontario. Rogers Centre is a very popular venue for MLB, CFL and NBA games having hosted some serious teams like the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Argonauts. Right now, this stadium is home to the Toronto Blue Jays, a professional MLB team, 4th in their division.
This stadium was inaugurated in 1989, costing over half a billion dollars in construction with the capacity to house over 50,000 sports fans at one time. Since its inception, Rogers Center has been home to the Toronto Blue Jays where other teams have come and gone. This stadium has hosted many high profile football, basketball and above all, baseball games.
The last game held at the Rogers Centre before the global health crisis was on the 29th of September, 2019. This was the last game the Blue Jays played on their home turf before the world went into a state of panic and all sporting activities were halted for months.
After nearly two whole years, the Jays received permission from the federal government to resume playing on their home turf and Rogers Centre was set to open up for sports fans on July 30th, 2020.
In light of the pandemic and the recent wave that struck Canada, the administration didn’t want to take any chances so strict health & safety measures were deployed among which was limiting the seating capacity of the stadium to 15,000 fans; this is about 30% of the total seating capacity of the stadium.
Among mandatory mask requirements and physical distancing, the stadium management wanted to implement cashless transactions across the stadium to minimize physical contact. The problem was that not everybody has plastic money and many individuals still carry around physical currency.
To facilitate the growing demand for cashless venues, the stadium installed Azimut’s Reverse ATMs throughout the premises scattered evenly to accommodate fans all over. Reverse ATMs allow users to instantly convert their physical currency notes into an active prepaid VISA or Mastercard to enable them to make cashless transactions for amenities like team merchandise, snacks, and tickets. Azimut provides a complete hardware and software solution to help venues eliminate the use of cash without alienating cash customers.
Reverse ATMs are freestanding kiosks with a large touchscreen that is as easy to navigate as a smartphone or tablet and the process from cash to card takes as little as sixty seconds.