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Fresno State to feature in Acrisure Holiday Invitational

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Fresno State will be one of four men's basketball teams to participate in the Acrisure Holiday Invitational during Thanksgiving week in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Bulldogs will open with Washington State on Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. PT. Cal Baptist and SMU will play in the first game of the event at 3:30 p.m. The championship and third-place games will be held on Nov. 27.

The Acrisure Holiday Invitational is a part of the Acrisure Series, the country's largest MTE series (multiple team event), which will be held at the beautiful new 11,000-seat Acrisure Arena.

"We are excited to have creatively scheduled four full days of high-quality men's and women's college basketball at Acrisure Arena," said co-Tournament Director Dan Shell. "We are very grateful to our partners at Acrisure and Visit Greater Palm Springs who made this event possible, and for TNT Sports for jumping into this with us for the years to come to take this event to the next level. We think the Acrisure series of college basketball events will be among the best holiday events in the country."

"Sponsoring the Acrisure Series is a testament to our commitment to excellence and community engagement," said Acrisure's chairman and CEO Greg Williams. "We are thrilled to see the tournament expand in 2024, bringing fans from across the country to Acrisure Arena for an unforgettable celebration of top-tier college basketball. We are proud to play a hand in creating and growing this premier event on the basketball calendar."

"Spectators will experience our oasis of picturesque mountains, endless sunshine, palm-tree filled vistas and world-class accommodations. Greater Palm Springs is a quintessential destination for visitors interested in a variety of unforgettable experiences in an iconic setting, and we are thrilled to be the host destination."

"The Tribe has always supported sports at all levels, and as a founding partner of Acrisure Arena, we're proud to take part in bringing College level Tournaments to the Coachella Valley." said Spotlight29 Casino Chairman Darrell Mike. "We can help turn the Valley into the premier sports destination in Southern California."


SMU vs Cal Baptist 3:30 p.m.

Fresno State vs Washington State 6 p.m.


Acrisure Holiday Invitational 3rd place game – 6 p.m.

Acrisure Holiday Invitational Championship game – 8:30 p.m.


Tickets for the Acrisure Holiday Invitational go on sale June 7 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) and will be available at the Acrisure Arena box office, online at and, the official ticketing provider of Acrisure Arena. One ticket is admission for the entire day, and can be used to watch any and all games played in Acrisure Arena on that day.

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