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US Cellular Center (Asheville Civic Center) & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Lodging Near the Civic Center: Hotels | Bed & Breakfasts | Cabins
Also see: The Orange Peel | Downtown Asheville Guide | Asheville Live Music & Dancing | Performing Arts | Events & Festivals | Wine Bars | Art Shows & Festivals | Beer & Brew Pubs | Downtown Coffee Shops & Bakeries | Asheville Top 50 Restaurants | Warren Haynes Christmas Jam | SoCon Basketball Tournament

US Cellular Center, formerly the Asheville Civic Center, is a 7,654-seat multi-purpose arena in downtown Asheville at 87 Haywood Street (28801). As part of the US Cellular Center, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium provides Asheville and the surrounding western North Carolina area a convenient and elegant venue for great local and national concerts and shows, everything from Broadway shows to Asheville Symphony Orchestra concerts.

If you plan to attend an event or concert at the Civic Center or Auditorium, use our travel guide to plan your trip to Asheville, including finding a hotel, inn, bed and breakfast or cabin rental near the US Cellular Center.

The Southern Conference Basketball Tournament returns to the US Cellular Center in March 2012, 2013 and 2014. Read more about the SoCon Tournament.

Parking for the US Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium:
-Civic Center deck behind Civic Center
-Wall Street Deck
-Rankin Avenue Deck
-Metered lots on Lexington Avenue and Grove Street
-Private lots across from and adjacent to the center

Parking Charge:
-Special event parking is $7 for all garages
-Accessible parking is available all along surrounding streets

Public Transportation:
Accessible by downtown bus. Schedules are available at the public library and other public buildings

Purchase tickets for the US Cellular Center online at

Box Office Numbers:
828-259-5544 Information
828-251-5505 Charge-by-Phone

Box Office Hours:
Located to the right upon entering the front doors from Haywood Street.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:00pm, Sat 10am-1pm. 2 hrs prior to event on event days.

Types of Payment Accepted:
Cash, Visa & Mastercard

Will Call:
Located at the Box Office window #6. Open Day of Show. Tickets ordered through Ticketmaster are available 90 minutes prior to event. All other tickets are available at different times depending on event/who leaves the tickets. PLEASE BRING A PICTURE ID, THE ACTUAL CREDIT CARD USED TO PURCHASE THE TICKETS, AND YOUR ORDER NUMBER.

Accessible Seating:
Customers should contact the Box Office at 828-259-5544 .

General Rules:
-NO Cameras or Recording Devices
-NO Outside Food or Beverages
-NO Smoking inside the Civic Center Patrons must exit through the front door to access the outdoor smoking dock.

-Concessions- Snacks/Beverages (Pizza, Hot Dogs, Chips, etc) are normally served, including alcohol. Concession stands are located in upper and lower levels. Concessions are subject to change depending on event.
-ATM's are located next to the front door on Haywood Street.
-Pay Phones are located outside the building.
-The Arena can host private events such as trade shows, conferences, etc. In its exhibition and banquet halls.
-Discounts if any vary by event.
-Please call 828-259-5544 for policy on a given event.
-Groups usually require a minimum of 20 people.

Directions:  I-26 and I-40 come together in Asheville. Take either I-26,19-23, or I-40 to Asheville; take I-240 into Asheville; Exit 4C (Montford Ave./Haywood Street/Visitors Center), left onto Haywood Street (at light at top of off-ramp); Civic Center Directly Ahead. Once on Haywood Street, pass in front of Civic Center (street will curve south); Parking Garage on next turn after Center (between Vanderbilt and Library).

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Seating Chart

Asheville Civic Center Concert Seating Chart


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