- On August 6th, Oxford City Football Club will become the first member of the National League to accept Bitcoin as payment for tickets.
- Customers will be able to use Bitcoin and the Lightning Network to pay for various purposes at Oxford City’s RAW Charging Stadium.
- The sixth division of English football is called the National League South, where Oxford City Football Club (OCFC) now plays.
The adoption of Bitcoin payments in the UK has now added a new player. On August 6, Oxford City Football Club hopes to make history by being the first National League team to accept Bitcoin for matchday payments.
At Oxford City’s RAW Charging Stadium, patrons will be able to pay for tickets, food, and beverages with Bitcoin over the Lightning Network.
The sixth division of English football is called the National League South, where Oxford City Football Club (OCFC) now plays. The club has a long-standing partnership with CoinCorner, an Isle of Man-based Bitcoin company. To commemorate their sponsorship of the team’s shirt back, CoinCorner released a limited-edition Oxford City FC Bolt Card.
The Hoops, as they are called locally, will sport a BTC emblem on the back of their matchday shirts as part of their partnership with CoinCorner. CoinCorner, the official match sponsor, will also be present for Oxford City FC’s (OCFC) inaugural match on August 6.
Real Bedford, will start taking bitcoin payments for matchday tickets on the same day. The Bedford team, on the other hand, competes in the Spartan South Midlands League, a lower-level local league.
OCFC is the “first adopter of Bitcoin payments in the National League,” according to CoinCorner CEO Danny Scott. He said that they think that by adopting this practice, the Non-league and Football League divisions will follow suit as digital currency becomes the norm for sports fans and event attendees in the U.K.
Coach Carbon, a proponent of Bitcoin and the creator of OxBit, an Oxford Bitcoin group, described the history of the transaction and said that it was a day of football focused on Bitcoin that was held at OCFC in December 2022 as part of the Bitcoin Ballers Winter Cup festival.
Since then, OxBit has held several meetups on the club grounds, and Carbon has continued to promote the use of Bitcoin in the neighborhood. Carbon maintained contact with the football team’s new commercial director and had “many informal discussions about engaging and assisting the community through events and education.”