The Southern Conference (SoCon) Basketball Championships are back in Asheville, NC, this March 2013 for both the men’s and the women’s championship games.  The Men’s games, as well as the women’s semifinals and finals, will be in the US Cellular Center.  The US Cellular Center is conveniently located right in the middle of historic downtown Asheville and has been recently renovated, providing a wonderful venue for the games.  The first two rounds of the women’s tournament will be held at the Kimmel Arena on the UNC-Asheville campus, just a few miles from the US Cellular Center and Downtown Asheville.  Participating Schools include 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.

The SoCon basketball tournament is always an exciting one and a leading example of college athletics and basketball.  2013 brings SoCon’s 92nd Season.

And while you are in Asheville, you will be sure to enjoy what this wonderful city has to offer – independent restaurants and pubs catering to local & healthy foods, most featuring local craft beers and live music, many within walking distance to the US Cellular Center. Crafts, galleries, shopping, hiking and motor touring.  And if you are looking for unique lodging, Asheville is also known for it’s abundance of delightful Bed and Breakfast Inns located throughout Asheville and its diverse neighborhoods around town – the smaller Asheville Bed and Breakfast will have free parking, area knowledge to share, and often discounted tickets to other area events.  Plan extra time for a visit to the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway (check for road closures), River Arts District, Chimney Rock Park and all of what Western North Carolina has to offer the visitor.  In-between games, plan in time for an Asheville Food or Brewery Tour, LaZoom Comedy Tour or a Trolley Tour to orient yourself to the various areas of downtown.  There’s so much to do in Asheville, we know you will be back!!