Maine Potatoes the Official Potato of the Cross Insurance Center

Maine Potato Board, Cross Insurance Center Operators to Bring Local Potatoes to Center

Upon its opening in September, Maine potatoes will be the official potato of the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. An agreement signed last week between the Maine Potato Board and the operators of the Cross Insurance Center defines the relationship between the Cross Insurance Center and Maine's potato industry.

"We're very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Global Spectrum, operators of the facility, and Ovations, the providers of food and beverage for the Cross Insurance Center to further promote the Maine potato and to make it available to those enjoying various events at this new Bangor venue," said Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board. "Maine people know the quality of our potatoes and the long heritage that the industry has in Maine, this is one more very public way to focus on our industry. We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the many and varied products that are produced by the Maine potato industry."

Maine potatoes will be the official potatoes utilized in the Cross Insurance Center's various concessions and catered events. A feature of the food service at the facility will be a baked potato bar, offering baked Maine potatoes and a variety of toppings, always a very popular food choice.

"We're excited to be partnering with this new facility, which will attract people not only from the Bangor region but also from New England, Atlantic Canada, and beyond. The Maine Potato Board looks forward to this partnership and the further promotion of the Maine potato," added Flannery.

Global Spectrum's Mike Dyer, general manager of the Cross Insurance Center, indicated that the facility is pleased to be working with a key Maine industry.

"We realize the importance of the agricultural community in Maine, and in particular our state's leading agricultural industry, the Maine potato industry. We look forward to our partnership with the Maine Potato Board and hope that it may serve as a model for other partnerships as we commence this relationship with Maine potato growers," Dyer said.


About Maine Potato Board The Maine Potato Board's ( mission is to provide a competitive environment for Maine's potato growers, processors, and dealers creating stability and the infrastructure for future growth, while promoting the economic importance to the state and quality of the product. The Maine Potato industry encompasses over 500 businesses generating more than $300 million in annual sales and employs more than 2,600 people in Maine. The Maine Potato industry prides itself on producing a high-quality product, whether that product is potatoes destined for your table, french fries, potato chips, or other processed potatoes.

About Global Spectrum Global Spectrum® ( manages more than 115 public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

Ovations Food Services®, LP: A nationally ranked food service company, Ovations Food Services ( delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada. Ovations specialize in food, beverage, merchandise and hospitality services for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, fairgrounds, expo-centers, racetracks, zoos, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, casinos and hotels. Considered by many as the best managed and most innovative company in the industry, Ovations' results oriented senior management team has been involved in managing almost every major public assembly facility throughout the United States and Canada.