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City launches survey on Thomas Wolfe Auditorium renovation

    The City of Asheville is launching a community survey to inform the future design of Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. During the next few months, U.S. Cellular Center staff will engage the public as well as faculty stakeholders to determine how to best update the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium to meet community and patron needs.   The survey, which will [...]

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U.S. Cellular Center releases parking information and security protocols for Buncombe County school graduations, including free parking for graduates

    Three Buncombe County high schools will hold graduation this weekend at the U.S. Cellular Center.   AC Reynolds, TC Roberson and North Buncombe graduating seniors will all walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at the U.S. Cellular Center.   The City of Asheville is proud to host this important civic event each June.  Changes in both security [...]

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Asheville City Council votes to accept Civic Center naming rights proposal from Harrah’s Cherokee

  Asheville City Council voted 6 to 1 May 28 to accept an offer for a 5- to 10-year naming rights agreement with Harrah’s Cherokee for the Asheville Civic Center in downtown Asheville. The new agreement will replace the existing contract with U.S. Cellular that expires December 31, 2019. The vote concludes a year-long effort to explore [...]

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Asheville City offices to close for Memorial Day

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 27. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day.   ART [...]

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U.S. Cellular Center renovation marches forward

  Recent improvements to Asheville’s largest convention and entertainment venue, the U.S. Cellular Center, have included addition of flexible theater seating in the arena, a new sound and lighting setup and conversion of a storage room into a press / meeting room. Now the facility’s aging HVAC system will come into the modern age.   It was last [...]

USTA announces Asheville Fed Cup community events and kids clinics

  Local highlights: Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center is the first site to host consecutive Fed Cup ties in the U.S. in 12 years. Friday’s Fed Cup Official Draw Ceremony at noon in U.S. Cellular Center Lobby is open to the public. TV station WLOS-13 will air the Fed Cup matches in Asheville. Local kids involved in Asheville’s USTA clinics will [...]

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Insider’s guide to traffic/parking for Asheville’s Fed Cup

The 2019 Fed Cup brings international professional tennis competition returns to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center on Feb. 9-10 for the USA vs. Australia World Group First Round. The U.S. Tennis Association and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi have announced that No. 17 Madison [...]

2019 Asheville Fed Cup participants announced

  Madison Keys, Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Nicole Melichar to play First Round vs. Australia February 9-10 at U.S. Cellular Center   Local highlights: 2019 Fed Cup First Round vs. Australia happens Feb. 9-10 at Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center.  The matchups and order of play for the weekend’s matches will be determined at an official draw ceremony set for noon Feb. 8 [...]

Asheville City offices to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   Garbage and recycling collection schedules will continue as normal over the holiday. There will be no brush collection Monday and the Sanitation office will be closed.   The City of Asheville ART service routes and facilities will operate on a [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter break holiday closings

ART bus suspended on Dec. 25     Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures.     ART bus service City bus service will be suspended starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 [...]

City of Asheville gears up for winter storm response

  With the National Weather Service predicting a wintry mix of snow, sleet and possible ice Saturday through Monday, the City of Asheville is preparing its storm response.   The City of Asheville is preparing a coordinated response with our community partners, including NCDOT, Duke Energy and Buncombe County Emergency Management.   Public Works crews have been fitting trucks with [...]

City of Asheville offices close for Thanksgiving holiday

ART bus service suspended on Thanksgiving Day as well   Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a roundup of City service holiday schedules.   ART bus service ART bus service will be suspended Nov. 22, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving is one [...]

US Fed Cup Team to return to Asheville in 2019

In a Oct. 30 press conference at the U.S. Cellular Center, the U.S. Tennis Association just announced that Asheville has once again been chosen as a site for U.S. Tennis Association 2019 first round Fed Cup Feb. 9-10. Tickets for U.S. Tennis Association 2019 first round Fed Cup in Asheville go on sale to the general public [...]

30th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam to be a 2-night stand at USCC

Warren Haynes performing with Grace Potter.   The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam will return to Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center for a 2-night run Dec. 7-8, the organization announced. The lineup will feature Dave Grohl, Grace Potter, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson and many more musicians. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Asheville Habitat for Humanity. Pre-sale VIP tickets [...]

Small Scale Development Workshop coming to Asheville

  A little over a year ago, the City of Asheville updated zoning regulations in order to allow for a greater variety of housing and to encourage more efficient land use patterns. The changes adopted by City Council reduced lot dimensional standards by 20% and gave incentives to allow for more housing units in multi-family zoning districts. [...]

City of Asheville to open process for Civic Center naming rights

  ASHEVILLE — The City of Asheville is seeking interested parties for licensing agreements for the naming rights of the Civic Center, with the current naming rights licensed to U.S. Cellular Inc. as the U.S. Cellular Center. Staff’s goal is “to contract a licensing agreement with a notable company or individual that is culturally and socially [...]