The City of Asheville is once again the host for the Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Wrestling Tournaments, which will be held March 4 –7, 2016. This year, all of the men’s and women’s games will be played at the U.S. Cellular Center, while Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville will host the Conference Wrestling Championship.Details for events surrounding the 2016 Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships can be found below:
Education Days– Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4
The Southern Conference will be playing host to local elementary school children in Asheville and the surrounding region for the 11:30 am women’s quarterfinal round game on Thursday, March 3 and the 11 am women’s semifinal round game on Friday, March 4.
Downtown Dribble and KidsFest – Saturday, March 5
Pack Square in Downtown Asheville will be populated by games, activities, bands, cheerleaders and mascots, as well as healthy lifestyle exhibits and interactives for children. KidsFest will begin at 9 am and conclude at 11 am, with the start of the fourth annual Downtown Dribble. Each kid participating in the Downtown Dribble will receive a free t-shirt and basketball and participate in a dribble parade from Pack Square to the U.S. Cellular Center. Participants in the Downtown Dribble and KidsFest will also receive free admission to the men’s basketball quarterfinal round session at Noon.
SoCon Teddy Bear Toss – Saturday, March 5
Make a small donation to Mission Children's Hospital and you will receive a stuffed animal to throw on the court during the 2016 SoCon Teddy Bear toss. Bears thrown will be donated to Mission Children's Hospital and provided to kids visiting the hospital for treatments. 1,500 bears are available and ready to put a smile on the face of a child.
When the games end each day, the action in Asheville will be heating up off the court. Local bars, restaurants and breweries participating in SoCon Overtime will offer musical entertainment, as well as drink and food specials during SoCon 2016. For more information about each event, the tournament schedule or ticket sales, please visit SoConTravel.com.
Basketball, BBQ & Beer – Monday, March 7
The pre-game indoor tailgate party will take place in the concourse area of the U.S. Cellular Center. The event will give patrons an opportunity to sample fare from various Asheville-Area barbeque restaurants and breweries. Tickets for the event will be $15 or $10 for designed drivers and those under the age of age 21. Those attending the event will also need to possess a ticket for Monday night’s championship game, which will take place at 9 pm.