Mexican football club Tigres now accepts bitcoin as payment for playing cards, the team said in a statement Wednesday.
Tigres supporters can already use cryptocurrencies to buy tickets for the club’s next game against America on April 23 through a partnership between Latin American cryptocurrency exchange Bitso and Mexican online ticketing platform Boletomovil. Bitcoin payments company BitPay is also joining the collaboration to enable the integration.
“Our goal is to make cryptocurrencies useful for everyone,” said Daniel Vogel, Bitso co-founder and CEO, in a statement. “We love this agreement between Bitso and Boletomovil, which enables the daily use of cryptocurrencies for our customers at Tigres sporting events, thereby expanding their use as a payment method for any type of event.”
The acceptance of bitcoin payments marks another step in the partnership between the Mexican soccer team and the cryptocurrency exchange.
Bitso became a Tigres sponsor in November. At the time, the duo said they were exploring new opportunities for the club to incorporate more facets of the burgeoning industry into its operations. The exchange is also a sponsor of the Mexico national soccer team.
“Since we announced our alliance with Bitso we have talked about the possibility of exploring new opportunities for the club and today is the day to continue growing together,” said Mauricio Culebro Galván, President of Tigres. “Tigres continues to look to the future and with Bitso new initiatives will surely come to continue offering better services.”
Boletomovil is looking into expanding the acceptance of bitcoin on its platform beyond Tigres matches. According to the statement, Boletomovil co-founder and CEO Walter Gonzalez said the online ticketing service provider is open to adding the alternative payment method to its platform.
“We are very happy with this alliance,” said Gonzalez. “The use of cryptocurrencies is a reality, and those who don’t see it that way remain in the past. With this agreement between Boletomovil and Bitso, we are innovating to meet the needs of our customers.”