ST. PETERSBURG — Tropicana Field will become the first cashless sports venue in North American, the Rays announced Friday.The Rays said tests with analytics and emerging tech firm E15 showed that switching to cash-free will cut transaction times in half. Payment forms to be accepted at Tropicana Field this season include major credit cards, Rays gift cards, mobile payments such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay and season-ticket holder Rays Cards, the team announced in a press release. Fans without electronic forms of payment can exchange cash at all retail locations and through roaming gift-card vendors in $10 and $20 increments. Parking operations at the Trop were cash-free in 2018 and will continue to be.The Rays Fan Fest on Feb. 9 will be the first cash-free event at Tropicana Field in 2019. The event is free but there will be merchandise on sale at the Rays Baseball Foundation’s Yard Sale, the Rays Republic Team Store and auxiliary shops during Fan Fest. Concession stands will accept digital payments.More to come on this developing story.