Football Fans to ‘Tap & Go™’ During the Big Game Using MasterCard PayPass

Football Fans to ‘Tap & Go™’ During the Big Game Using MasterCard PayPass

Dolphin Stadium Accepts Contactless Payments So Fans Won’t Miss On-the-field Action When Making Purchases

Purchase, NY, January 30, 2007–This week, the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and thousands of football fans from around the globe are converging on the city of Miami. When the two teams go head to head for the championship inside Dolphin Stadium on February 4th, fans purchasing souvenirs or concessions will spend less time standing in line and more time catching the on-field action when they use MasterCard PayPass–a contactless payment option that reduces transaction times–installed at Dolphin Stadium prior to the start of the football season. MasterCard PayPass is also accepted at numerous other merchants throughout the Miami area.

With MasterCard PayPass, cardholders simply tap their PayPass-enabled card or device on the specially-equipped terminals throughout the stadiums. When purchasing concessions under $25, no signature is required to complete the transaction. In addition to Dolphin Stadium, the new technology has been installed in nine other football stadiums and 12 baseball stadiums nationwide. Fans of the Chicago Bears will be familiar with the technology, as it was also deployed at Soldier Field prior to the 2006 season.

MasterCard PayPass had a presence during the AFC Championship game as well with a new television commercial starring Vinny Testaverde. The spot featured Testaverde, in uniform, getting food at a concession stand within a stadium during a game. Testaverde continued to receive calls from the field on his mobile phone while he was paying for each order with his MasterCard PayPass card. The spot ended with the tag line “…for Game Day, there’s MasterCard PayPass.”

“At MasterCard we are fans too, and with the Chicago Bears’ exciting defense and the Indianapolis Colts’ explosive offense, we know consumers won’t want to miss any of the championship game action,” said T.J. Sharkey, Group Head, National Accounts, U.S. Commerce Development, MasterCard Worldwide. “By using MasterCard PayPass for game-day purchases, be it at Dolphin Stadium or a local merchant between quarters in their home town, we hope fans can get back to their seats instead of waiting in lines.”

Dolphin Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, is joined by Arrowhead Stadium, FedEx Field, Ford Field, Giants Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, M&T Bank Stadium, Qwest Field, Soldier Field, and University of Phoenix Stadium–homes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, and Arizona Cardinals respectively as football stadiums equipped with MasterCard PayPass.

Baseball stadiums equipped with MasterCard PayPass are: Busch Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, Great American Ballpark, Jacobs Field, PETCO Park, Shea Stadium, Turner Field, U.S. Cellular Field, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium–homes of the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and New York Yankees, respectively.

How MasterCard PayPass Works
MasterCard PayPass uses radio frequency technology to transmit payment details wirelessly between the PayPass device and the merchant’s terminal. The transaction is then processed through the MasterCard network for clearing and settlement. PayPass cards include magnetic stripe technology, so the cards can also be used in the traditional manner anywhere MasterCard is accepted around the world. PayPass technology can also be used in a number of non-card devices, such as a convenient payment tag that fits on a key chain for easy access.

About MasterCard PayPass

MasterCard PayPass is ideal for traditional cash-heavy environments where speed is essential, and has led the way in bringing contactless technology to consumer categories such as quick serve restaurants, drug stores, gas stations, vending machines, convenience stores, sports arenas, movie theaters, transit systems and parking garages. There are currently nearly 11 million PayPass cards and devices in the market, and PayPass is currently accepted globally at 36,000 merchant locations, including participating 7-Eleven, CVS, McDonald’s, Regal Entertainment Group theaters and many others. PayPass is also accepted at numerous football and baseball stadiums. For more information about MasterCard PayPass and a full list of participating merchants, visit http://www.mastercard.com/PayPass.

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes approximately 14 billion payments each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard Worldwide serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to http://www.mastercardworldwide.com.

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