Football club trials mobile ticketing


The service will use Near Field Communications (NFC) – also known as mobile contactless, to enable fans to swipe their SIM cards at turnstiles to enter City’s home games.

The trial is expected to start early next year and NFC-equipped handsets will be sent out to selected season ticket holders, replacing their existing swipe cards.

Mobile contactless has already been successfully deployed in Japan but this is the first time that it has been trialled in the UK. If successful it may be extended to allow City fans to buy merchandise or half time refreshments through their handsets.

Orange product and innovations director Paul Jevons said: “The trial at Manchester City Football Club is a great example of how mobile phone technology is continuing to make it easier for people to access the services and information that are relevant to them.

"Mobile contactless services will mean the end of bulging wallets – there will be no need to carry credit and debit cards, travel cards, loyalty cards and security passes. And, we will still be able to provide the information and match information for football fans on one mobile phone.”