No Eftpos at most RWC games

Fans at the Rugby World Cup will have to use Mastercard prepaid cards or cash when buying food at drink at most of the stadiums used in the tournament.

Eftpos facilities would only be provided at Eden Park in Auckland and Westpac Stadium in Wellington, but only Mastercard holders would be able to use them, the tournaments organisers said.

Fans at other venues would need to use either cash or prepaid Mastercard "Tap and Go" cards.

ATM machines would be available at all stadiums.

Rugby World Cup spokesman Mike Jaspers told NZPA the arrangement was an improvement on the current situation, with Eftpos currently not available at stadia around the country.

"Cash only is the status quo at the moment," Mr Jaspers said.

He said the exclusive deal with Mastercard was not unusual.

"Do you think Steinlager drinkers will be a bit annoyed that they can't drink Steinlager [at the tournament]?" he asked.

The new Mastercard "Tap and Go" cards could be used for purchases under $80 and could be loaded with up to $1000.

They would be available around the country for between $5 and $10 and would need to be replaced once the credit ran out.




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