United Kingdom Bitcoin (BTC), payments adoption just hired a new player. Oxford City Football Club will be the first National League football team to accept matchday payments made in BTC, when the season begins on August 6.
With Bitcoin, fans will be able purchase tickets, food, and drinks at Oxford City’s RAW Charging Stadium using the Lightning Network. Cash and cards are still available as payment options.
Oxford City Football Club (OCFC), currently plays in the sixth tier English football, the National League South. The club entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with CoinCorner (an Isle of Man-based Bitcoin company). CoinCorner will sponsor the club’s back-of-shirt and issued a limited edition Oxford City FC Bolt Card in celebration.
The back of the OCFC shirt features the Bitcoin logo. Source: CoinCorner
As part of the partnership between CoinCorner, the team and CoinCorner, the Hoops will have a BTC logo on their matchday shirts. CoinCorner will also be the official match sponsor of Oxford City FC (OCFC’s) opening game on August 6.
Peter McCormack’s pro Bitcoin football club, Real Bedford will also accept Bitcoin to purchase matchday tickets. The Spartan South Midlands League is the local league in which the Bedford team plays.
Danny Scott, CEO of CoinCorner, explained that OCFC was the “first to adopt Bitcoin payments in the National League.” Scott went on:
“We believe that this move will set the trend across Non-league divisions and Football League divisions, as digital currency establishes itself to be the new standard for sports fans across the U.K.”
Coach Carbon, a Bitcoin advocate and founder of OxBit (the Oxford Bitcoin meetup), explained to Cointelegraph the process. The Bitcoin Ballers Winter Cup festival, a Bitcoin-centric footballing day out, was held at OCFC in December 2022.
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Since then, OxBit hosted several meetups on the club grounds. Carbon continues to promote Bitcoin adoption throughout the city. Carbon maintained a close relationship with the new commercial director of the football club and had “numerous informal conversations about engaging and supporting the community through education and events.”
“A three-way conference was held and the conversation progressed from there after the football club understood the potential impact CoinCorner could have on Bitcoin education and adoption.”
Justin Merritt, Director Football at Oxford City FC explained that more than 3.3 million people live in the U.K. and now have Bitcoin. This is an increase of about one million people over the previous year.
Cointelegraph reported that as of June 2021, up to 2.3million Brits owned Bitcoin. A Coinbase report argued that as high as one-third are crypto-curious. Merritt continued:
“It is not mandatory that people engage with our technology, but we believe that in the future, Bitcoin payments will be the norm in English football.”
The UK is seeing a rise in grassroots Bitcoin adoption. Edinburgh will host a Bitcoin conference this October.
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