MasterCard, MBNA, Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens Deploy MasterCard PayPass

Friday 25 February 2005 13:32 CET | News

MasterCard International is working with MBNA, the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens Football Clubs to incorporate MasterCard PayPass contactless payment technology into the MBNA Seahawks and MBNA Ravens Extra Points credit card programs.

Both Qwest Field and M&T Bank Stadium will accept MasterCard PayPass cards at the point-of-sale, beginning with the 2005 football season. With MasterCard PayPass, Seahawks and Ravens fans wont miss any of the action standing in lines or fumbling for cash. Seahawks and Ravens fans will be able to simply tap their new MBNA Seahawks or MBNA Ravens Extra Points credit card on specially equipped merchant terminals throughout the stadiums when purchasing refreshments or souvenirs. MasterCard PayPass uses radio frequency technology to transmit payment details wirelessly between the PayPass device and the merchants terminal. The transaction is then processed through the MasterCard network for clearing and settlement. MasterCard PayPass acceptance is ideal for sports venues and other cash-heavy environments, such as quick serve restaurants, drug stores, and movie theaters, where speed and ease of use are essential. PayPass-enabled cards, like other traditional MasterCard cards, also include magnetic stripe technology, so cardholders can use the cards anywhere MasterCard is accepted around the world. Seahawks and Ravens fans currently benefit by using the no annual fee MBNA card program to accumulate points for every net retail dollar they spend. Points can be redeemed for rewards. Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles launched a similar implementation of MasterCard PayPass acceptance at its stadium. MasterCard is continuing to explore further deployments of PayPass at sports arenas throughout 2005, providing sports teams and merchants with the opportunity to offer new payment and reward applications and increase customer loyalty.

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