ASHEVILLE – The Southern Conference (SoCon) is returning to Asheville this weekend for its championship games at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in the Asheville U.S. Cellular Center and Kimmel Arena on the UNC Asheville campus. The event will include both men's and women's games and involve a total of 23 basketball teams from five southern states. It is estimated that approximately 15,000 people will attend the four day event.
To enhance pedestrian safety and accommodate the large volume of buses bringing teams, bands, and other participants to the arena, the turn lane immediately in front of the U.S. Cellular Center and Hiawassee Street from Flint to Rankin will be closed the following times:
10 a.m. on Friday, March 2 through midnight on Saturday, March 3
10 a.m. on Sunday, March 4 through midnight
4 p.m. on Monday, March 5 through midnight
Flint Street between Haywood Street and Cherry Street (including the I-240 bridge) will be closed 10 a.m. Friday, March 2 through midnight on Saturday, March 3. View map of street closings and parking options.
Public transportation is an efficient resource for travel during events expected to draw large crowds. Asheville Transit will service all routes with a few small detours related to scheduled street closures. Visit the Asheville Transit service alerts page for updates.
The parking lots on Cherry Street between Flint and Cumberland and Lot 17 next to the AT&T building will be closed during the event to accommodate event participants.
Special event parking will be in effect for the Civic Center, Rankin Avenue and Wall Street parking garages from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4, and 2 - 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 5. The special event rate for all days will be $5.
During the Championship event, the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and the City of Asheville will co-sponsor the SoCon Fan Fest Village located in the vacant lot at the corner of Page and Haywood directly across from the U.S. Cellular Center. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, the festival village will have a small number of exhibitors, food vendors, and promotional vehicles from local radio stations.
Follow this link to the SoCon Basketball Championships web site for more information on game times, tickets and travel to Asheville: http://www.ashevillesocon.com .
For more information on street closings and special event parking, please contact the city’s parking services division at 259-5729.
For more information regarding bus routes, visit www.ashevilletransit.com, call 253-5691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Asheville Civic Center, visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/civic_center/.