Professional sports teams, endurance sports events and other types of properties located in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Indiana,  Missouri and other markets may want to put BMO Harris on their prospect list.

The bank is expanding its sponsorship portfolio to build presence and engage customers as it enters new markets following BMO Financial Group’s 2011 acquisition of Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp. The acquisition roughly doubled the number of BMO Harris branches, all of which it has rebranded under its eponymous name.

Recent deals include multiyear title of the Phoenix Marathon and cosponsorship of the NHL St. Louis Blues.

The ties build on BMO Harris’s support of endurance sports and pro sports teams in the bank’s core Midwest market. Those include the BMO Harris Madison Mini-Marathon in Wisconsin and the NHL Chicago Blackhawks.

“We want to make sure that whatever we pick up in new markets fits our strategy,” said Gillian Frasier, BMO Harris head of U.S. sponsorship.

The company is activating the new ties to engage customers.

For example, BMO Harris is activating the Blues by offering customers a 10 percent discount in the Blues Fan store in the Scottrade Center. Consumers must show their BMO Harris debit card, credit card or check to receive the discount.

The company also is offering discount tickets to the Oct.9 game between the Blues and the Blackhawks.