March 3-7, 2016
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.
Ticket sales for the 2016 Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships presented begin in mid November. Purchanse at the U.S. Cellular Center box office or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Also, the Big South Conference will hold their women's basketball tournament on March 10-13, 2016, at Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville.
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.