Now you can order a beer to be delivered to your seat and you don't even need to download another phone app to make it happen.
The Phillies and Aramark announced a new pilot program at Citizens Bank Park in which fans in certain sections of the ballpark can order select beer and water by simply using messages on an Apple iPhone.
The best part? You don't need any cash. It will charge your order right to whatever credit card you have set up in your Apple Pay.
"Initially, as part of the pilot program beginning today, July 20, fans sitting in sections 142, 143, 144 and 145 at Citizens Bank Park will be able to purchase select beverages (beer and water) from the comfort of their seats using their iPhone. The pilot program will be conducted over the course of 10 games (July 20-25, August 2-5)," the release says.
They even include super simple instructions:
1. Open the iPhone Camera app
2. Scan the QR code on the seat back
3. Follow the prompts on the Messages text screen to place order
4. Complete transaction with Apple Pay
5. Enjoy the game while order is delivered to seat location
I'm curious about tipping. Any self-respecting baseball fan knows that when you order beers from one of the vendors walking the aisles you always toss him a dollar or so at the end of the transaction. Will there be an option to tip your delivery person via text message?
The Phillies are apparently the first team to give this new tech a shot.
“We look forward to joining Aramark in testing this mobile delivery service, an innovative use of Apple Business Chat that further enhances the food and beverage experience at Citizens Bank Park,” said David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President. “With this new pilot program, food ordering and delivery is as easy as a text message, and we are excited to be the first sports facility in the country to try out this new technology.”
So buy lots of beers this summer so the Phillies make lots of money so they can afford Manny Machado this winter. All via text messaging!
You can watch a demo of how this will all work below.