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2012 SoCon Basketball Championship Ticket Sales are Underway

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – City of Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy along with members of Asheville City Council and Buncombe County Commissioners will be the first in line to purchase tickets at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 11 for the 2012 SoCon Basketball Championships to be held March 2-5, 2012. The Championships are the first of three years that Asheville will host at the newly renovated Asheville Civic Center and the new Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville.

Joining the elected officials on Friday will be leaders of the Asheville business community who are joining forces to support the Champions of Tomorrow program, designed to provide an opportunity for youth and teens at risk in our community to attend the weekend of basketball. Companies sponsoring the Champions of Tomorrow program are Asheville Savings Bank, BB&T, Dixon Hughes Goodman, First Citizens, Insurance Services of Asheville, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo. Combined these businesses are providing over 300 tickets to local non-profits including Big Brothers / Big Sister, Children First, and the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

In celebration of Friday’s festivities and the return of the Championships, tournament organizers will randomly choose five lucky individuals to win a pair of lifetime tickets while the Championships are in Asheville. To participate in this raffle interested individuals should visit the Asheville Civic Center Box Office between November 11 and 18 to purchase tickets or complete an entry form.

Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday, November 11 (11/11/11) exactly 111 days before the SoCon teams arrive in Asheville. Fans can purchase their tickets at the box offices at both the Asheville Civic Center and Kimmel Arena, or online at TicketMaster.com.

About the Southern Conference

The Southern Conference, in its 91st season of intercollegiate competition, is a national leader in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and helping build lifelong leaders and role models. The conference has been on the forefront of innovation and originality in developing creative solutions to address issues facing intercollegiate athletics. From establishing the first conference basketball tournament (1921), tackling the issues of freshman eligibility (1922), developing women’s championships (1984) to becoming the first conference to install the threepoint goal in basketball (1980), the Southern Conference has been a pioneer. The Southern Conference is the nation’s fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association.

The conference currently consists of 12 members in five states throughout the southeast and sponsors 19 varsity sports and championships that produce participants for NCAA Division I Championships.

About the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission

The Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission was formed in the fall of 2010 by a handful of civic-minded leaders who had a vision to impact the local economy by bringing more sporting events to the region. The Sports Commission is a community driven organization led by a diverse board of directors representing varied community interests. These leaders share a common goal of improving the health and quality of life of Asheville and Buncombe County residents while enhancing our community’s economic vitality with a thriving sports tourism market.

Asheville’s 64th Season of Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s the 64th season of the bi-annual Asheville‘s Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, July 21-24 and October 20-23, 2011. The Craft Fair is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture. The Craft Fair takes place in beautiful downtown Asheville at the Civic Center, 10am-6pm Thursday through Saturday, and 10am -5pm Sunday. Over two hundred craftspeople fill two floors with fine handcrafted items, while local musicians play live on the arena stage, and craft educators share their knowledge with children in hands-on projects.

Additional information about this event is available at 828-298-7928

The Fairs take place at the Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood Street, in downtown Asheville, NC. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is $8 with children under 12 free with an adult. Group discounts are available.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has been a much anticipated event in the mountains since 1948. Over the course of six decades this event has become an established destination and a revered tradition. Produced by the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Craft Fair is much more than a marketplace for fine craft. It is a cornerstone to the mission of the Guild, bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands.

More than two hundred craftspeople fill two floors of the Civic Center with fine handcrafted items. Local musicians play live on the arena stage; craft educators share their knowledge with adults and children alike through demonstrations and hands-on projects. Eleven thousand visitors from all over the country participate in festivities during the four days of the show. Over the course of the event, nearly a million dollars are invested in the purchase of craft and in the future of Appalachian regional culture.`

Traffic Detours Announced for Tuesday Night Civic Center Event

Monday, June 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Transportation Department will implement the following road closures and detours Tuesday night (June 7) to ensure the smooth flow of traffic near the Asheville Civic Center during a sold-out event.

Some 6,500 tickets were sold for the Mumford & Sons concert, which starts at 8 p.m.

The following traffic patterns will be in place from 5 p.m.-midnight in the listed areas.

• Hiawassee Street and Rankin Avenue – CLOSED.

• Flint Street and Cherry Street – CLOSED.

• Haywood Street and Flint Street – CLOSED.

• On-street parking will be prohibited along the east side of Haywood Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and Flint Street. Towing will be enforced.

• Access to the Civic Center parking garage along Haywood Street will be limited to right-turning vehicles only. No left turns will be allowed at Vanderbilt Avenue. Access for left-turning vehicles will be along Walnut Street.

Robert Plant Launches North American Tour in Asheville

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – We are on a roll! Asheville is known in the music community as a great town to play, and the Civic Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium has been booking unbelievable acts lately. And now, this: Legendary rocker Robert Plant has just announced he is launching his North American tour right here in Asheville on January 18th at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium! And backing him will be the same incredible band he used to record his latest, critically acclaimed album “Band of Joy” — featuring Patty Griffin on vocals. To up the ante, the opening band will be none other than The North Mississippi Allstars! We will announce the ticket sale date soon.

Time, Spin, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and many other publications have raved about Plant’s latest effort. From the official press release:

New York, NY – Rounder Records is excited to announce that Robert Plant has confirmed a 15-date North American tour. Beginning January 18th in Asheville, NC, this will be the first tour on these shores since the triumphant release of his latest album, Band of Joy, which Rolling Stone magazine in its four-star review called “sweet, elegant folk that still swings like Satan’s barn door.” The touring band will once again be the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. North Mississippi Allstars will be supporting on all the dates. The full itinerary is listed below.

The response to Band of Joy has been glowing. Time called the new album “smoldering,” while Entertainment Weekly noted that Plant “sounds vocally re-energized.” Spin described the songs as “moonshine-soaked country blues with a gospel undercurrent,” and American Songwriter claimed that the record “reveals another side of Plant’s persona, and touches on all the places he’s been while simultaneously pointing to an appealing, restless future.” The Washington Post hailed, “Plant has nuance and subtlety to match his power and range,” while the New York Times raved that the performances on Band of Joy are “consistently surprising.” At radio, the album’s single “Angel Dance” has been growing at Triple A steadily since its release. It’s been Top 10 since August, Top 5 since September, and #1 for the last two weeks and counting.

For images and additional tour dates visit the Asheville Civic Center blog at http://ccblog.avlcloud.com/.

City Awarded Tourism Product Development Fund Grant

Friday, July 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Civic Center has been awarded a $2 million dollar grant, to be funded over a 4 year period, from the Tourism Product Development Fund of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the City announced today. The grant will help fund a proposed $5.45 million dollar renovation of the Asheville Civic Center. The Tourism Product Development Fund, which is funded through the Buncombe County hotel occupancy tax, is dedicated to projects that will increase tourism and overnight lodging.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy noted: “This is an incredible opportunity. The Asheville Civic Center is an important economic engine for our city and our region. These funds will allow us to greatly improve the facility — and these improvements will benefit local residents and tourists alike.”

The proposed Civic Center improvements include new seating for the lower level of the arena, renovating the balcony seating and flooring, improving the locker rooms and dressing rooms, upgrading the lighting, messaging and sound systems in the arena, concourse renovations, and information technology improvements. The City of Asheville recently issued a Request for Qualifications for architectural and engineering services to begin the renovation process.

Sam Powers, Director of the city’s Office of Economic Development and Director of the Asheville Civic Center, commented: “This grant will play a major role in making our facilities better for fans, performers and promoters. We attract more than 200,000 patrons a year — and our research shows that over 70% of our ticket sales come from outside of Buncombe County. These visitors stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants and support local businesses. The Civic Center generates a substantial economic impact. It is an asset worth investing in. We are thrilled that the Tourism Development Authority, Buncombe County and the City are coming together as partners in this project.”

The Asheville Civic Center first opened its doors 36-years ago and has hosted everything from concerts, plays, trade shows and sporting events to local high school graduations. Mike Burke, Chairman of the Asheville Civic Center Commission, noted that, “Even though the arena is in its fourth decade of use it has good bones. Our project will add new life to the building and allow us to be even more competitive as a regional entertainment venue.”

Recently the Southern Conference named Asheville as the host city for its men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments beginning in 2012. The games will be played at the Asheville Civic Center and at U.N.C. Asheville’s Kimmel Arena.
For more information about the Asheville Civic Center please visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/civic_center/default.aspx?id=348&ekmensel=12_submenu_0_link_5, follow the civic center blog athttp://ccblog.ashevillenc.gov/, or follow the civic center of Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AshevilleCC.

WWE Raw World Tour coming to the Asheville Civic Center

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Friday, June 4th, James Askins of Weaverville will find out whether his hero will triumph in battle. It will be a defining moment in this young man’s life. For on this night he will witness the stars of his universe come to life at the Asheville Civic Center when the WWE Raw World Tour pulls into town.

James is all of seven years old. And according to his dad, James is a wrestling fanatic, despite the fact that his bedtime often cuts short his ability to watch the twice weekly broadcast of WWE Raw. But that bedtime will be put on hold on June 4th so James can watch wrestling live at the Asheville Civic Center. Best of all, James’ all-time favorite grappler will be part of the main event. “John Cena’s gonna be there and I’ll be up close and see him for real,” James recently commented, adding, “He’s so cool and the best ever. I can’t wait!”

The wrestling kicks off at 7:30p.m. and features some of the WWE’s biggest stars, including: Mark Henry, The Miz, The Hart Dynasty, R-Truth, Ted Dibiase, William Regal, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu, The Divas, and Superstars from NXT! At the top of the card is a lineup featuring the kings of the WWE, including “The Champ” John Cena vs. “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus; and “The R-Rated Supersta” Edge taking on Chris Jericho.

And just like his wrestling heroes, young James has also earned a cool nickname. According to his dad, when bedtime rolls around while he’s watching WWE Raw on TV, James is quick to offer a litany of reasoned arguments as to why he should stay up. “We’ve started calling him ‘The Attorney.'”

“Tickets are $60, $45, $35, $25 and $15 — great seats are still available. Visit the Asheville Civic Center Box Office, any Ticketmaster location, or visit Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (407) 839-3900.

For more information about the Asheville Civic Center visit www.ashevilleciviccenter.com or www.facebook.com/ashevillecc.