2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Asheville, NC

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Asheville is pleased to be named the host city in the mainland move of the 2020 Maui Invitational. The tournament receives national coverage each year by ESPN and is considered a premier event around the Thanksgiving holiday. The tournament will take place November 30-December 2, 2020.

Those involved in the tournament – teams, staff, officials and ESPN media – will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue. The invitational will follow North Carolina guidelines on mass gatherings. At this time, there will be no public sale of tickets available for fans.

Teams expected to participate are Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

In recent years, Asheville has landed such quality athletic competitions as the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas (with both Serena and Venus Williams on the Team USA roster), the Southern Conference and Big South Basketball Championships, iconic outdoor events like Haute Route and Spartan Race, as well as extreme trail races such as the Black Mountain Marathon and Mount Mitchell Challenge.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the 2020 Maui Invitational in Asheville, please see the section below.

For tournament updates, please visit MauiInvitational.com.

When and where will the 2020 Maui Invitational be held?+

The 2020 Maui Invitational will take place November 30-December 2, 2020 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

What teams will play in the 2020 Maui Invitational in Asheville?+

The following teams will compete in the 2020 Maui Invitational: Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

Will tickets be sold to the public for the 2020 Maui Invitational in Asheville?+

The tournament will follow North Carolina guidelines on mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What health precautions are being taken with the players, team staff, tournament staff/officials and ESPN media?+

Players, team staff from each of the eight institutions, tournament officials/staff and members of the media will be tested before and during the event. The tournament is committed to following health guidelines set forth by the state of North Carolina, local government and the NCAA.

Will the visiting players, team/tournament staff and media be out in the Asheville community before and during the Maui 2020 Invitational?+

No. The players, staff and others participating in the event will be housed in a “bubble” environment in Asheville. In other words, all the people associated with the tournament will be isolated from the community. They will only leave the “bubble” for games at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville. They will not be visiting restaurants, shops or attractions.

Why is Asheville hosting the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational if there might not be public ticket sales?+

Asheville is proud to be the host city for the 2020 Maui Invitational’s mainland move. While there is not expected to be public ticket sales, the tournament will be broadcast on national television on ESPN. Asheville is pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate its ability to continue to host major sporting events. In recent years, Asheville has landed such quality athletic competitions as the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas (with both Serena and Venus Williams on the Team USA roster), the Southern Conference and Big South Basketball Championships, iconic outdoor events like Haute Route and Spartan Race, as well as extreme trail races such as the Black Mountain Marathon and Mount Mitchell Challenge.