Wirecard and Fortress GB launch first integrated contactless stadium card

Season ticket holders can use the contactless technology to enter stadium and make fast and easy payments at the POS or online

Jana Tilz
Corporate media inquiries
Jana Tilz

VP Corporate Communications & Branding

Jan 08, 2018

As one of the leading providers of digital financial technology, Wirecard is chosen as issuer for The One Card, an all in one season ticket and member card with contactless payment functionality. Fortress GB, whose card base is currently 7.5 million, have partnered with Wirecard to launch this first integrated contactless stadium season ticket card to the UK sports market. Season ticket holders and members can use The One Card to gain entry to the stadium whilst using the same card for purchases at selected merchants at the point of sale or online.

Fortress GB is partner to over 130 of the world’s most prestigious and diverse sports teams and organizations, providing technology that has powered the adoption of digital ticketing and the use of RFID/NFC technology in the sports and entertainment industries, supporting game day operations and wider fan engagement activities. Fans can purchase the Season Ticket online or within the app, via the clubs’ existing integrated ticketing platform. The contactless season card will cut down waiting times and reduce queues for fans during all important matches throughout the season. Fans can choose to pay with the membership card and in future purely digital with a new smartphone app for quick and convenient, contactless payment.

Duncan Martin, Development Consultant at Fortress, said: “Fortress carried an extensive search for an issuing partner that understood the strategic aims of the company, along with the challenges presented by working in the sports stadium environment. We are happy to have chosen Wirecard to partner us on this journey and look forward to rolling out the program in 2018.”

Brian Lawlor, Director of Sales and Business Development at Wirecard, said: “The One Card will help speed up sales, creating an attractive proposition for clubs across the UK wanting to offer a top-class service to loyal and dedicated fans. UK shoppers have embraced contactless payments and now expect a quick and convenient point of sale transaction, this solution will ensure clubs can deliver and meet exactly this.”