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MasterCard Canada has Advanced Access to see Summer Sanitarium 2003 featuring Metallica, Limp Bizkit & Linkin Park with deftones and Mudvayne

MasterCard cardholders can now buy tickets to the hottest Canadian concerts before anybody else does.

Toronto, ON, March 11, 2003 – MasterCard Canada salutes the concertgoers of Toronto with Advanced Access – When Being There Matters, an exclusive ticket offer that enables MasterCard cardholders to purchase advanced tickets to some of Clear Channel Entertainment Canada’s best Canadian concerts – before they go on sale to the general public. Advanced Access’ debut Toronto ticket offer brings the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, featuring Metallica, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park to the Toronto Skydome on Saturday, July 5.

"Our alliance with Clear Channel is another way for us increase and enhance the priceless benefits we strive to bring our cardholders," said Walt Macnee, President, MasterCard Canada. "Since many MasterCard cardholders are avid entertainment enthusiasts, we're thrilled to be able to offer them advanced access to this loud and live rock performance."

From Thursday, March 13 to Friday, March 14, MasterCard cardholders will have an exclusive opportunity to use their MasterCard card to purchase advanced tickets to Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003 Toronto show, featuring Metallica Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, deftones and Mudvayne before tickets go on sale to the general public.

MasterCard Canada is the official card of Clear Channel Entertainment Concerts Canada. The two companies have designed a program that goes beyond traditional sponsorship opportunities and creates a unique MasterCard experience for its cardholders and patrons of concerts in Canada, demonstrating how MasterCard rewards its customers. In addition to on-site branding opportunities, the deal includes special cardholder privileges for MasterCard users including the opportunity to purchase tickets to select Canadian concerts inadvance of the general public and to receive other special exclusive offers.

Advanced Access purchasing information is as follows:

Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003 – Metallica Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones and Mudvayne

  • Toronto SkyDome – Saturday, July 5.
  • Advanced Access pre-sale dates for MasterCard cardholders: Begins Thursday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m. through to Friday, March 14 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-sale tickets available through: mastercard.ca, Ticketmaster phone lines and ticketmaster.ca.
  • Limit of four tickets per MasterCard card transaction.
  • Public sales begin Saturday, March 15.

About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 135 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North America and 30 in Europe. In 2001, more than 66 million people attended approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including: Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports events. The company, which operates throughout North America, Europe, South America and Australia, also owns independently operated athlete representation businesses, which provide management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.

About MasterCard International
MasterCard International is a leading global payments solutions company that provides a broad variety of innovative services in support of our global members’ credit, deposit access, electronic cash, business-to-business and related payment programs. MasterCard International manages a family of well-known, widely accepted payment cards brands including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus® and serves financial institutions, consumers and businesses in over 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard award-winning Priceless® advertising campaign is now seen in 97 countries and in 47 languages, giving the MasterCard brand a truly global reach and scope. For more information go to www.mastercardinternational.com