July 3, 2018Blog Posts

Visa touts contactless payments at World Cup venues

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Approximately one in every five (17 percent) purchases with Visa cards at World Cup soccer matches in Russia used contactless payment technology, including smartphones, bracelets and rings, according to a press release from the card network. Within the stadiums the share of contactless payments was 54 percent, inclusive of purchases made by fans from Russia and abroad. Visa is the exclusive payment service in all stadiums where payment cards are accepted at the World Cup.  On average across the 11 host cities, Visa cardholders spent 3,575 rubles (US$56.65) per transaction, with fans from the U.S. spending the most — followed by China and Mexico in second and third, respectively.

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