More to Love at SoCon 2014 + Win VIP TicketsNew events and hot teams combine for tournament weekend
March Madness is coming to Asheville again this year, but along with new match-ups, fresh upsets and all kinds of bracket-busting action on the court, the Southern Conference Basketball Championships, held March 7-10, will also be bringing some exciting new events for fans.
Following Friday's games, the party moves over to downtown's Grove Arcade for an evening of local food, craft beer and live music. Admission is free, and food and drink tokens will be available for purchase.
Downtown Dribble + 5K Race
The Downtown Dribble returns this year, creating a lively dribbling parade from Pack Square Park to the US Cellular Center. Participating children ages 5-12 receive a free basketball, T-shirt and admission to Saturday's afternoon games.
New this year, a 5k run/walk will be held prior to the dribble, benefiting The Arc of North Carolina, which provides advocacy and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Faith & Family Day
Also new this year, Sunday afternoon at the SoCon Tournament has been designated as Faith & Family Day. Between the men's and women's sessions, ticket holders are invited to attend a concert and message by Grammy-nominated Christian pop/rock band Royal Tailor.
In the arenas, fans can enjoy open practice sessions daily during the tournament. In the U.S. Cellular Center, the Bob Moog Foundation will present Dr. Bob's Interactive Sonic Experience on Saturday and Sunday. Fans can watch student artists, who will be creating two murals to be given to the winning men's and women's teams, and local Asheville musicians will be playing from a stage in the concourse area before games and during halftime breaks.
Win VIP Tickets!
Feeling pumped up yet? We would like to give away a pair of VIP tickets to one lucky fan. VIP tickets are valid for all game sessions and also include access to the exclusive VIP hospitality area. Total value of the package is $360.
If you'd like to win, please leave a comment on this post telling us who you're rooting for this year. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 25. We will draw one winner at random on Wednesday, February 26 and will notify the winner by email. Good luck!
Find schedules, tickets and hotel info at SoConTravel.com.