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Seattle Seahawks and Sounders get touchy with Clear deal

Fans can verify age and make payments with fingerprint technology.

by Nick Friend

Seattle Seahawks and Sounders get touchy with Clear deal

Seattle’s two remaining men’s major league sports teams have partnered with screening company Clear to bolster fan security at their shared CenturyLink Field home.

The National Football League’s (NFL) Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Seattle Sounders have followed the lead of the Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball (MLB) to introduce Clear’s fingerprint recognition technology at the venue’s security entry checkpoints.

The deal is designed to allow fans to enter CenturyLink Field more easily while also using the system to purchase concessions and make payments.

The Mariners brought in Clear’s biometric platform at Safeco Field back in July.

The Seahawks are the first NFL team to implement the platform, which will be used for the first time at the team’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Sounders are the fourth MLS team to install the technology.

In order to enrol and use the system, kiosks will be situated around the stadium, where fans will have to answer questions and create a biometric account by scanning their fingerprints. Clear Sports membership is free.

Caryn Seidman Becker, chief executive of Clear, said in a statement: ‘Seattle Clear members now enjoy frictionless experiences from gate-to-seat at two of the largest sports and entertainment venues in the city.

‘Reimagining the concessions experience is a natural extension of our platform in sports and we’re thrilled to partner with the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders to bring it to life for their fans.’