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• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

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Jun292018

Visa Sees U.S. World Cup Card Holders Spending A Lot Of Time Spending Rubles

By Barry Janoff

June 28, 2018: Since the beginning of the FIFA World Cup on June 14, people around the world have been spending a lot of time rooting for their favorite players and teams as well as watching the action on the pitch.

It turns out that people also have been spending a lot of money around the World Cup as they get pitched by marketers and brands.

In the tournament’s first five days, Visa card holders visiting host Russia from the U.S. have been the biggest foreign spenders, followed by China and Mexico, respectively

On average, across the tournament’s 11 host cities, Visa card holders spent an average of 3,575 rubles (approximately $56.65) per transaction, according to Visa, the official payment services partner for FIFA,

The opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 (where Visa said fans from 123 countries filled the stadium) saw the highest volume of payment transactions.

The June 17 match between Germany and Mexico saw the second highest volume of transactions.

The average in-stadium transaction amount for all matches during the first five days of tournament play was 1,682 rubles ($26.66).

Visa has been a significant catalyst in the process, having launched a global multi-platform campaign featuring soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

According to Visa, the largest average individual purchases have been in the categories of luxury goods ($364.55/23,000 rubles), lodging  ($237.75/15,000 rubles) and fashion ($126.86/8,000 rubles).

According to Visa, in the 11 Russian host cities of the tournament, about 17% of purchases with Visa used contactless payment technology, including smart phones, bracelets and rings.

In the stadiums themselves, the share of contactless payments was up to 54% (inclusive of purchases made by fans from Russia and abroad).

According to Ekaterina Petelina, country manager, Visa Russia, “Many of the international visitors attending this summer’s tournament have never been to Russia before and we’re excited to be providing them with the ultimate tournament experience, powered by the speed and ease of Visa’s digital payments, which are increasingly happening on contactless cards, devices and wearables,” said in a statement.

“In the stadiums particularly, fans are using contactless payment technology to speed through the lines and quickly get back to the action on the pitch.”

The five host cities that saw the highest amount of tourist spending _  both in and out of stadium — were Moscow ($26.9 million/1.7 billion rubles), St. Petersburg: ($8 million/506 million rubles), Sochi: $1.6 million/104 million rubles), Kazan ($1.1 million/71 million rubles) and Ekaterinburg ($760,800/48 million rubles).

Luzhniki Stadium led all venues for total number of payment transactions, where fans spent 139 million rubles ($2.2 million) — of which 71 million rubles ($1.12 million) came from non-Russian citizens and 68 million rubles ($1.1 million) from Russian citizens.

FIFA global partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Wanda, Gazprom, Hyundai-Kia Motors, Qatar Airways and Visa.

FIFA World Cup sponsors include Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Hisense, McDonald’s, Mengniu and Vivo.

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