The technology that allows one to put money into a machine in exchange for an icy cold beverage has existed for decades.
But apparently never before has this technology been put in place to dispense a can of Budweiser at an arena — never, that is, until Thursday night when such a magical thing will happen at Xcel Energy Center during the Wild’s game against the rival Blackhawks.
Per a news release from the team, the machine will debut Thursday on the lower concourse near section 113 and “will dispense 25 oz. cans of Budweiser.” This is not to be confused, of course, with the self-serve beer stations that debuted at Target Field in 2014.
But similar to that setup, an official will be on hand to check IDs and provide any other assistance (though really, once you’ve bought a can of beer, the rest is pretty much self-explanatory).
“This is the first Budweiser Smart Vending Machine in any entertainment venue in the world,” the release notes.
There are a lot of ways to get beer at a game, but we do imagine there is a certain satisfaction and novelty to having it dispensed from a machine. Just to be sure, we’re going to head over Thursday before the game and check it out.