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Southern Conference (SoCon) Basketball Tournament, Asheville

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March 7-10, 2014
The Southern Conference 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.

Tickets for the tournament will go on sale in November. Fans can purchase their tickets at the box offices at both the US Cellular Center and Kimmel Arena, or online at

SoCon Basketball Overtime Party at Grove Arcade
March 7, 2014
From 6– 9 PM, Grove Arcade hosts the Overtime Party for students, alumni, and all fans of college basketball. This is a non-ticketed event. Food and drink will be available for purchase from a number of local restaurants, as well as Grove Arcade’s own restaurants and eateries. Many of Grove Arcade’s shops will stay open late. Along with the evening’s refreshments, the Folk Heritage Committee has a full line up of free music and dance that will cause basketball fans to shake, rattle, and pick and roll. Enter the Arcade at One Page Avenue for this event.

To enjoy the Overtime party refreshments, tokens may be purchased individually or in packages. Each token will be valued at $4. Local food and drink partners for Overtime are Santé Wine Bar + Tap Room, Modesto, Chorizo, True Confections, Tupelo Honey and Café, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen Catering, DOUGH, Ultimate Ice Cream, Pisgah Brewing, Wicked Weed Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewing, Nobel Cider, and Blue Blaze Soda Co.

The Folk Heritage Committee has put together a “Mini Shindig” for the evening with Glenn Bannerman as master of ceremonies. Bands include The Stoney Creek Boys, The Peg Twisters, Paul’s Creek, The New Broad River Band, George and Brooke Buckner, Honey Holler, Roger Howell and Friends, and Crooked Pine. This is a lot of music in one place on one night. The Overtime Party at Grove Arcade is one of many events happening over the tournament weekend.

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.


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