Acrisure Arena and the Coachella Valley Firebirds  are teaming up on a multi-year partnership with Melissa’s Produce, the leading distributor of specialty produce in the United States.
Melissa’s  is the official Acrisure Arena partner. As the exclusive produce supplier, Melissa’s products will be integrated throughout the arena, enhancing the food and beverage program with the freshest and most flavorful fruits and vegetables.
“We’re thrilled to launch our partnership with the Coachella Valley Firebirds and Acrisure Arena, the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the region,” said Sharon Hernandez, co-founder of Melissa’s. “Melissa’s will proudly support the culinary program in a variety of ways – from providing high-quality ingredients to live activations and supporting the arena’s sustainability initiatives.”
Through their involvement with dozens of sports teams and venues across the country, Melissa’s has been instrumental in bringing fresh produce to sports fans and their local communities. The produce provider will be incorporated into concessions, clubs, suites, and bars throughout the arena. From seasonal cocktails to grab-and-go marketplaces to premium chef’s tables, Melissa’s fresh products will be accessible to every fan who visits Acrisure Arena.
“From hockey games to concerts, Acrisure Arena will be a hub of activity in the Coachella Valley, and it’s no secret that sports, music, and food all bring people together,” said Francesca Bodie, president of business development, Oak View Group. “Every person who visits and dines at the arena will benefit from Melissa’s culinary expertise and fresh ingredients. We’re excited to welcome Melissa’s as the official produce partner of Acrisure Arena and work together to provide the ultimate fan experience.”
Within this partnership, Melissa’s and the Firebirds will team up to provide healthy food to the Coachella Valley Community. Each year, Melissa’s will serve as the presenting partner of one community initiative, providing $100,000+ worth of fresh produce over the course of the multi-year agreement. Melissa’s will also support the arena’s sustainability efforts, providing local ingredients, organic produce, and plant-based offerings.
Patriot One Technologies (TSX: PAT) (OTCQX: PTOTF) (FRA: 0PL) (“Patriot One” or the “Company”) has announced its SmartGateway patron screening solution was selected by the new world-class $300+ million venue, Acrisure Arena in Greater Palm Springs to secure entrances for hockey games, concert events, and more.
Owned and operated by Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for both the sports and live entertainment industries, Acrisure Arena is the latest venue to deploy Patriot One’s SmartGateway following the announced strategic partnership with OVG, and following similar announcements for the Moody Center, in Austin, TX, Rupp Arena and Lexington Opera House, in Lexington, KY, and Angel of The Winds Arena in Everette, WA.
“Bringing a brand-new arena to southern California is exciting, and we want to ensure our patrons, staff and others have a world-class experience – not just during the event, but as they are entering, too,” said Phillip Ransford, vice president of operations, Acrisure Arena. “We chose Patriot One’s SmartGateway for its modern, flexible technology, and because we were able to customize it to fit Acrisure’s unique brand. Our patrons and staff won’t have to worry about someone walking in with a weapon during events, which will allow them to fully enjoy their experience. OVG is proud to add another facility to our growing list of partnerships with Patriot One.”
SmartGateway is the latest iteration of Patriot One’s Gateway patron screening solution. The system was designed for large, ticketed venues to enable high throughput, but customizability based on the customer’s individual needs and security requirements.

Artists rendering of proposed new ice hockey arena in Thousand Palms CA

Photo from Oak View Group, Scoop Marketing.