March 5-9, 2015
The Southern Conference (SoCon) league's men's and women's basketball tournament championship returns to Asheville! The tournament begins at UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena and moves to the US Cellular Center for the semifinals and championship game in downtown Asheville. The conference otherwise known as "SoCon" always features highly-athletic teams that have been continually underestimated by the "big boys" of college basketball.
Not into basketball, but your spouse or significant other is? There is plenty to do nearby the arenas while the games are played. See our Downtown Asheville Guide.
Highlighting the extracurricular events is SoCon Overtime, a showcase of local Asheville restaurants and breweries at the Grove Arcade on Friday evening from 6-9 PM, back after a successful debut in 2014. The event is free to the public and SoCon fans, and attendees can purchase tokens to sample the food and beverage offerings. Musical groups The Stoney Creek Boys, Haywood Gap, Carol Rifkin and Friends, Midnight Plowboys, Peg Twisters, The Buckner Family and Crooked Pine will serve as entertainment for the evening. SoCon Overtime is sponsored by the Folk Heritage Committee.
The Downtown Dribble returns on Saturday, with approximately 500 kids dribbling through the streets of Asheville. Each kid will receive a free ticket to the first men’s game on Saturday at the US Cellular Center. Prior to the Downtown Dribble, the annual Buncombe County ARC 5K will take place.
Ticket sales for the 2015 Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships presented by General Shale begin Saturday, November 15. General Admission single session (2 game) tickets start at $17, while all session tickets are $100. VIP single session reserved tickets start at $40, while VIP all-session tickets are $200. Group tickets are also available. All tickets can be purchased at the U.S. Cellular Center box office or online at Ticketmaster.com.
More about SoCon
The SoCon Basketball Championships will remain in Asheville through the 2016/2017 season. The nation's longest-running conference tournament, the SoCon championship was held in Asheville from 1984-95 and returned in 2012. The event will continue to utilize the U.S. Cellular Center Asheville and UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena for the four days of competition annually. Renovations are now underway at the U.S. Cellular Center for the 2014 Championships with enhancements to the ticket office, lobby, restroom facilities, storage areas and club-level hospitality areas, along with a new playing surface and goals.
The Southern Conference is made up of 12 member institutions from five Southeastern states: Appalachian State University, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Davidson College, Elon University, Furman University, Georgia Southern University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Samford University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Western Carolina University, and Wofford College.