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Seattle sports stadiums all Clear for new biometric security, payments and alcohol ID verification – GeekWire


Fans use the Clear enrollment pods at Yankee Stadium. (Clear Photo)

The Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC are joining the Mariners in adopting a new biometric screening platform to help fans pass through security with greater ease and make purchases at concession stands with the touch of a finger.

Clear, makers of the network now being used at 38 airports and sports venues across the United States, made the announcement regarding the Seattle sports franchises on Monday. Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, was previously revealed as a new location for the identity verification process. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport also uses Clear.

The Seahawks are the first NFL team to implement Clear’s technology, beginning at this week’s first pre-season game at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders are the fourth Major League Soccer team to take part.

The Mariners don’t play at home again until Aug. 17, but the biometrics for age verification and payment will be operational at Safeco Field for the this week’s Pearl Jam “Home Show” concerts on Wednesday and Friday.

Washington state has approved Clear’s platform as replacement for a traditional ID check with its “biometric powered age validation,” allowing Clear members at CenturyLink and Safeco to buy food and drinks — and prove that they are of legal age for alcohol purchases — with just a fingerprint, according to a news release.

The enrollment process, which is facilitated at kiosks located at the stadiums, includes scanning an ID, answering a series of questions and creating a secure biometric account through the scanning of fingerprints. The Clear Sports membership is free, but there is a $15 per month fee to use the service at airports.

“Seattle Clear members now enjoy frictionless experiences from gate-to-seat at two of the largest sports and entertainment venues in the city, and from curb-to-gate on their travels through Sea-Tac and beyond,” Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker said in a statement. “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.”

Clear is available at the these locations at Safeco Field:

  • Clear Lanes at home plate and left field gates
  • Clear Concessions at Double Play Chicken & Sausage (section 136) and Shortstop Beer (section 185)
Clear details for Safeco Field. (Clear Image)

CenturyLink Field:

  • Clear Lanes at northwest and southwest gates
  • Clear Concessions in the Delta Sky360 Club near sections 210 and 234
Clear details for CenturyLink Field. (Clear Image)
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