In an Australian-first at a major stadium, AFL fans can now purchase food and drinks using cryptocurrency at Adelaide Oval.

Supported by Adelaide Oval tenants the Adelaide Crows and Datamesh, which has provided the payment technology and terminals, the innovation will kick off just in time for the AFL’s 2024 Gather Round this weekend which will see five AFL matches and hundreds of thousands of fans at the venue.

The technology will be in play for the Crows’ match against Melbourne on Thursday night and then across all AFL matches at Adelaide Oval for the remainder of the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

As part of the pilot, which is a world-first trial at this scale, select food and drink kiosks in the Southern Stand will have the facilities to accept crypto payments from customers in real time. is the world’s fastest growing cryptocurrency platform, trusted by more than 80 million customers worldwide, and is the industry leader in regulatory compliance, security and privacy. General Manager for APAC Karl Mohan said: “Australians continue to adopt cryptocurrency at a rapid rate and as a company we are constantly innovating to find new ways for people to use crypto in the real world.

“The payment technology we’re introducing at Adelaide Oval is not only user-friendly for both the merchant and customer but also extremely scalable and we see a lot of promise for future integrations like this.

“As a major sponsor of the Adelaide Crows and the AFL, it is exciting to launch this trial during one of the biggest and busiest rounds of the season, and we’re delighted to be able to provide an easy new payment method to thousands of fans.”

Adelaide Crows CEO Tim Silvers described as an innovative and much valued Club partner, which continues to break new ground in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

“We are always looking for ways to collaborate with our partners to deliver new initiatives, such as this one, to our members and fans,” Silvers said.

“Whether it’s membership offerings or in this case purchasing food and beverage on game day, we also want to give our supporters the opportunity to choose what best suits them.”

Datamesh CEO Mark Nagy said: “From the outset, our mission has been to dismantle the barriers between traditional payments and the potential use of digital currencies.

“We empower consumers by enabling smooth and secure cryptocurrency transactions, unlocking a new frontier of payment acceptance.

“DataMesh's cutting-edge payment technology, which is seamlessly integrated with Echidna POS, empowers users to effortlessly leverage their holdings for everyday purchases, ushering in a new era of crypto adoption.”

How the new crypto payment solution works

For customers who want to pay with their crypto, is selected as the preferred payment method at the time of checkout to generate a dynamic QR code on the merchant terminal which the customer then scans with their App. The customer selects and authorises their preferred cryptocurrency for payment. 

There will be AUD$10 cashback on the first 1000 transactions made during Gather Round, with further promotions to come during the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership Season and Adelaide Crows home games. 


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