All bars at Portman Road will be cashless

Covid-19 means Ipswich Town fans haven't been inside Portman Road since the 1-0 loss to Coventry City back on March 7.

All home bars at Portman Road will go cashless this season, starting with the Crystal Palace friendly on Saturday - Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have announced that all home bars at Portman Road will be going cashless, starting with this Saturday's friendly against Premier League Crystal Palace.

The Palace clash is the first time since December that fans will be allowed to watch their team at Portman Road, with a raft of rules and regulations in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And part of that process will see the bars moving to cashless payment, a new system designed to make the process of paying for food and drink at the stadium safer, due to less contact and potential cross-contamination.

A statement on the club website added: "With this new process, queueing time should also reduce.

"Cash and card payments will continue to be in place in the away bars, but the plan is to also make these cashless at some point during the 2021/22 season.

"Contactless payments can be made at all bars around the stadium, with a limit of £45.

Fans back inside Portman Road.
Picture: Steve Waller

Town fans will br back at Portman Road for the first time since December this weekend - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

"Both the FanZone and Beattie's will still accept cash payments."

After this weekend's game, Town will host Millwall on Saturday, July 31 in their final friendly before Morecambe are the visitors for the first day of the League One season on Saturday, August 7.

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