AT&T and SEPTA Unveil AT&T Station Innovative Deal Makes AT&T Branded SEPTA Station Destination for Philadelphia Sports and Entertainment Complex
AT&T STATION, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- "Next stop, AT&T Station". Whether they're headed to Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies or to check out pre-season hockey action across the street, SEPTA riders will be pulling in to a re-named, revitalized Pattison Station today which now bears the name AT&T Station and the innovative elements of the AT&T brand.
The innovative deal builds on SEPTA's relationship with AT&T*, which is the only wireless carrier that provides underground coverage along the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines. Nearly 800,000 monthly riders visit this transit hub for fans traveling to-and-from games and other events at the Sports and Entertainment Complex and commuters residing in South Philadelphia and the suburbs. AT&T Station has undergone a makeover with facades and walls transformed from gray to orange, and static posters were replaced with high tech digital displays.
The agreement, a first of its kind for SEPTA, is a creative initiation to generate new advertising revenue for the system as a way to help defray costs to customers and taxpayers.
"AT&T is constantly working to rethink ways to help consumers live their lives more expansively, to enable our business customers to drive the limitless potential of their business and to allow AT&T to help push the future of society overall," said Dan Lafond, vice president and general manager for AT&T in central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware for AT&T. "AT&T Station is evidence that 'Rethink Possible' is more than a tagline. It is a promise to Philadelphians about what they can expect from AT&T and what we can achieve together in the future."
"SEPTA is excited about the new benefits the naming of AT&T Station will provide for our customers," said Pasquale T. Deon, Sr. SEPTA Board Chairman. "The advertising income helps us control fares, and is a welcome addition to the underground wireless service AT&T provides for our subway and Regional Rail customers."
SEPTA turned to Titan Outdoor LLC, the leading transit advertising agency in the country, on an aggressive campaign to bring in additional advertising dollars. Titan, with SWK Partners and BBDO Worldwide, worked closely on station beautification efforts featuring an AT&T branded facade on the exterior of the buildings. In addition, the interior will receive improved communications tools such as new digital displays and signage on turnstiles.
Jeff Randazzo, vice president and Philadelphia general manager of Titan Outdoor added, "Naming the station will give AT&T exceptional branding right in the heart of Philadelphia. Commuters, tourists and sports or music fans who pass through the AT&T Station will enjoy an upgraded experience thanks to this relationship."
Kate Ward, business director for SWK Partners added, "AT&T Station is truly an innovative consumer experience and one of the most exciting projects with which to be involved."
AT&T Station will be officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. today. Sports fans heading to the game and commuters alike are invited to join AT&T for a festive celebration featuring the Phillie Phanatic, Hip-Hop, World 'B' Free, a string band as well as Andre Igoudala and Thad Young from the Philadelphia 76ers. Additional local personalities participating in the festivities include Neil Hartman from Comcast Sportsnet's Daily News Live and Steve Morrison from 93.3 WMMR-FM.
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