When the World Is Watching
When the eyes of the world turn to marquee sporting and entertainment events, Visa is there. Our sponsorship of respected events brings the Visa brand to life and creates value for our stakeholders, amplifying our brand message, creating strong ties with consumers at moments of great passion and allowing Visa to deliver value to our partners and clients.
Visa Is There
Visa sponsors events, such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the FIFA World Cup™ — the world’s most beloved and celebrated sporting events. Visa’s strategic sponsorships allow us to reach global and local audiences and initiate programs that benefit our business. They also enable our clients to celebrate these events and participate in business-building marketing programs. Such sponsorships drive incremental business for our stakeholders, build affinity for Visa and its products in a global audience, facilitate the development and advancement of the payment infrastructure in Olympic Games host cities and help lift economies in emerging markets where we do business.
Since 1986, Visa has been a proud Worldwide Sponsor of the Olympic Games and will be the exclusive payment services sponsor and the only card accepted at the Olympic Games through 2020, including the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the 2020 Olympic Summer Games. Visa has also served as the exclusive payment services sponsor for the Paralympic Games since 2002 and will hold that position again at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
Visa is one of just six global FIFA partners, possessing exclusive rights in the financial services product category for all FIFA World Cup™ activities around the world. Debuting as a worldwide FIFA partner in 2007, Visa launched its first campaign at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. Visa’s FIFA sponsorship runs through 2014 and includes the rights to the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
As a FIFA Partner, Visa receives worldwide exclusive access to the FIFA World Cup™ and more than 40 other FIFA competitions. The FIFA partnership links two global giants — Visa, the world’s leading payment brand, and football, the world’s most passionately followed sport — in a broad relationship that delivers value for our shareholders, financial institution clients, their cardholders and the merchant community.
Since 1995, Visa’s sponsorship of the NFL and a number of NFL teams has provided a wide range of benefits — including access to the Super Bowl, the NFL Pro Bowl and the NFL Draft — to connect with Visa accountholders and drive value for financial institutions, merchant partners and shareholders.
For the 2012-13 NFL season, Visa enjoyed team relationships with the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers. For each team, Visa is the preferred card for ticket sales, concessions and merchandise and has point-of-sale branding online and at all team payment terminals within the stadiums, including concession areas and team shops.