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.