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Millions of Olympic fans restricted to eight ATMs

Millions of Olympic fans restricted to eight ATMs

Category: Money

Updated: 01/08/2012
First Published: 01/08/2012

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Hordes of sports fans will descend on Olympic venues around the UK over the next few days; however, many could experience difficulties when using their cards.

VISA is an official sponsor of the Games, and as a result is the only accepted card payment brand within Olympic venues. Even venues away from the Olympic village in Stratford, such as Wimbledon and Lords, have to adhere to the agreement with VISA.

According to some reports, nearly thirty cash machines have been covered up or removed altogether from venues. This has left just eight ATMs available to millions of spectators needing access to cash, posing potential technical or availability problems as a result of the high demand.

When travelling to any large event it is always wise to take more than one type of card, for example both VISA and MasterCard, to avoid any difficulties and inconvenience.

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