Ho Ho Ho, it's Magic: Orlando's NBA team will be first to support Apple Pay for in-arena purchases

Ho Ho Ho, it's Magic: Orlando's NBA team will be first to support Apple Pay for in-arena purchases
The NBA's Orlando Magic is off to another poor start. But the Amway Center, where the team plays, will have something exciting to talk about starting Friday. That is when the arena will be the first in the NBA to accept Apple Pay. Now, that won't be enough to excite the basketball fans in Central Florida, but it should make paying for in-arena purchases a lot easier and faster.

The Magic faithful will be able to use the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch to make mobile payments using Apple Pay starting with this Friday's home game versus the Utah Jazz. The program is the result of a partnership between the Magic, Chase bank and Levy Restaurants. Fans who use their Chase card to pay for a transaction inside the arena using Apple Pay, will have the opportunity to receive exclusive offers and win prizes.

This isn't the first time that the Amway Center has used Apple's technology to enhance the experience of attending a Magic home game. The arena has iBeacons placed throughout the stands. The Bluetooth LE powered system provides fans with updates and information that is based on the section of the arena where they are sitting.

The Orlando Magic have been very quick to adapt new mobile technologies. The Magic website is designed to work on mobile browsers, and the team also supports fans using Google Glass. You might recall that when the Magic selected Victor Oladipo with the second pick of the 2013 draft, he showed up in the Green Room on draft night wearing the connected specs.

source: AppleInsider

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11 Comments

1. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I support the Thunders

3. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I keep thinking of LeBron and his Galaxy Note.

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You mean the Thunder?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30955; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple is beastin rite now. Loving these new moves.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What about Google Wallet?...

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You and no one else has cared about Google wallet for 3 years. Why care now? Anyway, Google wallet works with NFC. The same with Apple pay. If one works, both works.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I was just curious because the article never mentioned anything about Google Wallet. Thanks for clearing that up...

9. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I guess they're only doing it because of Apple pay.

11. Chaunceyg1

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 20, 2014

Google Wallet worked perfectly at Amway Center. NFC terminals are not branded as Apple Pay and just show the usual card logos.

7. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Team is affiliated with Disney and Disney primarily uses Apple devices. Not a surprise there.

10. palmguy

Posts: 977; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Apple can sell ice to an Eskimo. But makes sense, don't just put a payment system out there like Google did. Tell the people I got it and you have to use it. It's the "hip" thing. The great marketing company strikes again.

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