FESTIVAL: Four Rules For Enjoying The Southern Conference

By D. Lanier Shook                                 March 1, 2014

Basketball is an amazing sport to watch. Its an incredible mix of teamwork and personal achievement. If you enjoy anything about basketball, you need to plan on attending at least one game in the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament.

In one week Asheville becomes basketball headquarters for three days. On March 7, 9, and 1o the NCAA Division 1 playoff winners will battle it out for the top spot in basketball. UNCA’s Kimmel Arena and the US Cellular Center’s ExploreAsheville.com Arena will host a total of 19 games. Last year I got a great seat to the Davidson versus Georgia Southern game and really enjoyed it. Here are the Rules You Need to Know to get the most out of the games.


If you’re interested in attending the game you need to click here to visit the great website the Asheville Convention and Visitor’s Center has pulled together. That’s where you can find out about tickets, directions, and special events during the games. You need to check out the EVENTS page for the exciting lineup of things going on during the week. Here’s just a few that are going on.

  • Team practice will be open to the public on Thursday.
  • There will be a dribble parade in downtown on Saturday morning.
  • There’s going to be a 5K benefiting the ARC of North Carolina.
  • The Moog Foundation will have a special exhibit at the US Cellular Center.

For more information about these and so much more click here to visit the EVENTS page.


As soon as you know you’re going you need to pick up your tickets. Last year my schedule dictated when I could go, so I bought my tickets a month ahead of time. If you’re waiting to see when your team is playing then keep watching the news. As soon as you find out grab the tickets. You can click here to find out how to buy them online or over the phone.


This is one time you can’t be late. Even if you don’t normally pay to park, this is the exception. Last year all upper tier seats were General Admission. I was fortunate to grab two great seats, but I planned ahead.


Asheville is full of awesome restaurants to enjoy after you enjoy the awesome basketball action. Last year I popped over to the Grove Arcade, did some window shopping, enjoyed a glass blowing exhibit, and had an incredible hamburger. You can click here to find out what the Grove Arcade has to offer. For even more dining choices click here to visit the Convention and Visitor’s dining website. Remember, the game is only the start of your Southern Conference Experience.

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