Many of the 2018 Buncombe County high schools will hold graduation this weekend at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Enka, Erwin, 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 levels and parking/traffic plans will be in effect for the 2018 end-of-year graduations.

First, everyone is encouraged to build in lots of travel time so friends and family don’t miss a moment of each given ceremony.  The Center’s doors will open 1 hour prior to scheduled graduation time for each school.  Students will receive information directly from their given school concerning their scheduled arrival times.


Friday, June 15:

Enka High School                             7 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 16:

AC Reynolds High School:            11 am. ceremony; doors open at 10 a.m.

Erwin High School:                         3 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 2 p.m.

TC Roberson High School:            7:30 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 17 (Thomas Wolfe Auditorium):

North Buncombe High School:   2 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 1 p.m.


Guests attending each graduation must present a ticket issued by the graduating school. Guests 2 and under will not require a ticket, with exception of guests attending North Buncombe’s graduation on Sunday in the Thomas Wolfe. North Buncombe guests all must present a ticket, inclusive of infants.


New this year will be enhanced levels of security around the U.S. Cellular Center.  All students and public attendees will be subject to back checks and pat downs.  Please allow additional time to park and enter the building, as these additional security measures will slow the entry process into the facility.

High school graduation non-permissible items will include:

  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, pocket knives, knives, pepper spray/mace, flares and fireworks
  • Drugs and other illegal substances
  • Noise making devices (i.e. air horns, drums, whistles, etc.)
  • Flashlights, laser pointers and other distracting light producing objects
  • Wheeled conveyances other than wheelchairs and strollers (i.e. skateboards, skateshoes, hoverboards, rollerblades, bicycles etc). Strollers are not permitted in seating areas and must be left in designated stroller locations outside of the seating area.
  • Large bags (greater than 12-by-12”)
  • Signs, banners, posters, flags etc. may not be larger than 11-by-17” and may not be attached to a stick; these items also may not be hung or attached to any part of the building, display obscene/offensive language or images or obstruct the view of other guests.
  • Guests wearing full face masks or full face paint will not be permitted entry.
  • Other prohibited items; Balloons, chairs, two way radios, beach balls, permanent markers, stickers and spray paint.

New designated pick up/drop-off location

New for 2018 is a designated location for pick-ups and drop-offs centered around graduations.


Pickup/drop off designated location will be the corner of Battery Square and Page Avenue. This is  approximately ½ block of accessible sidewalk to the front doors of the U.S. Cellular Center. All drop-offs and pick-ups should occur here, including family guests, students etc.

Directions to drop-off from I-240

From the Montford Exit off I-240 navigate to O’Henry Avenue heading south:

  • Turn Left onto Battery Square.
  • Drop-off at stop sign.
  • Turn left onto Page Avenue.
  • Right onto Haywood Street and proceed to parking garages.

Directions to pick up from parking garages

  • Exit any parking garage and navigate to the corner of Battery Park Ave and Haywood St.
  • Head West on Battery Park Avenue, turn right on Page Avenue.
  • Pick up at corner of Page Avenue and Battery Square.
  • Turn left on Battery Square, right onto O’Henry Avenue and proceed to I-240.



Download the free Asheville App on your mobile device for its Find Parking feature to get real-time information on parking spaces available at the City’s four downtown parking garages. You can also check this USCC parking link for more parking information, including about the Buncombe County garage a short walk away.

The following City of Asheville parking garages will be operating in ‘Special Event Parking Mode.’  Parking rates will be $7/car.

  • Civic Center Parking Garage: $7/car
  • Rankin Avenue Parking Garage: $7/car

The following City and County parking garages will be operating with standard posted rate parking.

  • Wall Street Parking Garage (City)
  • Biltmore Avenue Parking Garage (City)
  • Coxe Avenue Parking Garage (County)
  • College Street Parking Garage (County)

Surface parking lots

Numerous surface parking lots will be operating allowing guests access to their lots for a fee.  The majority of these lots are private lots with rates that are not controlled by the City or the County.  City of Asheville Lot 18, directly across the street from the U.S. Cellular Center will be designated as parking for those with accessible needs. A state-issued hang tag will be required. Additional accessible parking spaces will be available on the fourth floor level of the Civic Center parking garage.


Several Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) buses run either past or close to the U.S. Cellular Center, including the N, N1, N2, N3, E1, E2 and 170 routes.

Check for routes/times and be aware that while Sunday service is offered on all routes, it ends earlier in the day.

You can map your ART bus route to the USCC using these two sites:

  • Google Maps Transit: Very easy to use. Enter your starting location and final destination, and the time that you are leaving, and it will generate your trip schedule, including transfers to different routes.
  • Nextbus: Use this site to get real-time transit data to see when the bus is going to arrive. This will be important because currently the Google information is based on the schedules and not what the bus is actually doing. With added traffic downtown during Fed Cup, some buses may be running late.

The ART Station at 49 Coxe Avenue, is a 5-minute walk from the US Cellular Center and provides transit access to the entire city.

Asheville, NC (June 7, 2018) – Asheville Symphony Board of Directors President Doris Phillips Loomis and Executive Director David Whitehill are pleased to announce that conductor Darko Butorac will become the organization’s next music director beginning with the 2018-2019 Masterworks Season, which opens in September.

Butorac (pronounced BOO-toh-rutz) currently serves as the music director of the Tallahassee and Missoula symphony orchestras. He succeeds Daniel Meyer, who served as music director of the Asheville Symphony from 2004 to 2017.

“This is an exciting time for the Asheville Symphony,” said board president Doris Phillips Loomis. “Darko Butorac is a talented and passionate conductor as evidenced by his wonderful audition concert last November. The symphony board is eager to see what his leadership of the Asheville Symphony will bring to our community.”

As the new music director, Butorac will conduct the majority of the symphony’s 2018-2019 Masterworks Season concerts, beginning with the season premiere on September 15.

Butorac is an established conductor in demand with orchestras both in Europe and the Americas. He has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Gran Teatro Nacional of Lima, Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall, Teatro Magnani in Italy, as well as at the Tartu, Aspen and Brevard summer music festivals. He has collaborated with soloists such as soprano Renee Fleming, cellist Colin Carr, violinist Lara St. John, and Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected as the next Asheville Symphony music director,” said Butorac. “I felt the orchestra and I had a very special connection during my audition week in Asheville and I am excited about getting to know the orchestra members better. In the season ahead we will be working together on some incredible repertoire including Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Rachmaninoff Concertos with famed pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. I very much look forward to getting to know the vibrant Asheville community, and to exploring its beautiful surroundings.”

Butorac will be the first Asheville Symphony music director to occupy the newly established UBS Financial Services Music Director Chair.

“The appointment of a new music director for the Asheville Symphony is an important moment for our community,” said Jerry Hornowski, UBS Financial Services Asheville branch manager. “Darko Butorac will not only be the leader of the orchestra, but also a musical leader in the greater Asheville community. We are pleased to sponsor the music director chair and look forward to the wonderful music Mr. Butorac will create with the Asheville Symphony.”

Selection of the new music director followed an intensive worldwide search. After receiving more than 400 applicants, the Music Director Search Committee, which included orchestra musicians, board members, and staff, narrowed the field to six finalists, each of whom visited Asheville and conducted an audition concert with the Asheville Symphony during the 2017-2018 season.

“Finding a music director to lead this organization into its bright future was no small task,” said Jack Anderson, search committee chairman and symphony board member. “After interviewing and meeting the finalists and receiving input and feedback from all corners of the Asheville Symphony community, we feel confident that Darko Butorac is the right person to take our orchestra to new heights.”

Butorac was the 2004 Grand Prix laureate of the Fourth Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition, an honor that led to engagements with orchestras across four continents. He has also appeared at the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview hosted by the League of American Orchestras and the Jacksonville Symphony.

He is an avid traveler and is passionate about discovering the world and bringing people together through the beauty of music.

“Our symphony has been in an incredible phase of growth with an expanded youth orchestra program, the first two Asheville Amadeus festivals, and two studio recordings,” said executive director David Whitehill. “With Darko Butorac at the helm, we’re poised to build on that growth in the coming years and further expand this unique organization’s horizons.”

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the 2,300-seat Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talks, and pre-concert lectures.

Announcing 4U- A Symphonic Celebration of Prince
Coming to the U.S. Cellular Center Asheville on Friday, September 14, 2018
Tickets on Sale Friday, May 18 at 10am

4U will present the Music of Prince like Never Before with a Full Symphony Orchestra


(ASHEVILLE, MAY 15, 2018) – Outback Concerts and TCG Entertainment announced that their new production “4U-A Symphonic Celebration of Prince” will come to the U.S. Cellular Center Asheville. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 18 at 10am.

TCG Entertainment will create and tour the first and only official Estate approved symphonic Prince celebration, titled 4U- A Symphonic Celebration of Prince tour.

4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra.  In addition, each show will feature a live band including amazing musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra.  4U will include Prince’s extensive musical catalog will be represented including his greatest hits as well as some of his lesser known gems in this musical celebration. Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony.

The show in Asheville, NC is part of an extensive 2018 tour will include shows in both the United States and Europe.

Tickets go on sale on Friday May, 18 at 10am at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the U.S. Cellular Center Ticket Office.

About 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Price

April 21, 2016 will live in infamy as the day we lost a genius, an icon, a legend. Prince is widely regarded as one of the best musicians ever to live, and one of the greatest showmen of all time. His music makes up the soundtracks of our lives- from the parties of our youth to our weddings; and we share his music with our children who repeat the cycle. Great music lives on forever, and, it’s with this in mind that we intro­duce “4U – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” 

The first and only estate-approved Prince celebration, “4U” is curated, produced, and directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots, widely known to be Prince’s biggest fan and musical genius in his own right. Through the course of the evening, we’ll hear everything from the biggest hits to some lesser-known gems, all played by a top-tier band hand selected by Questlove, and with a spectacular video presentation featuring never-before-seen footage courtesy of the estate.

“Prince was singular in his music. He was his own genre.”
-Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson/Rolling Stone

About TCG

TCG Entertainment is the industry leader in the creation, production, booking and marketing of live entertainment productions and events. TCG has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry with a focus on symphonic, family, music, and other live touring properties.  Current and past productions include A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop, multiple productions of Cirque Musica, A Night of Symphonic Rock, , REWIND-Celebrating the 80s, and more.

Brandi Carlile will be the featured guest on tomorrow morning’s “The Howard Stern Show” (listen live at 9:00am ET via Sirius/XM’s Howard 100).

The visit comes in advance of Carlile’s three shows at New York’s Beacon Theater this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Additional upcoming tour dates include May 4-5 at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre (both sold out), June 15 at Chicago’s Chicago Theatre (sold out), August 12 at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (sold out) and August 17 at L.A.’s Greek Theatre. See below for complete details.

The extensive headline tour celebrates Carlile’s new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, which recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—a career high for the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer. Released on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records (purchase), the album was produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings and features the breakout first single, “The Joke,” which is currently in its eleventh week in the top ten at Triple A Radio. Watch the song’s official music video as well as recent live performances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“…an anthem for the belittled and bullied…evokes the grand crescendos of ‘A Day in the Life’ and the finale of ‘Abbey Road’…”The New York Times

“…quickly chiseled itself a spot at the top of the best vocal performances of the year, and provided one of the most poignant lyrical moments too.”—Rolling Stone

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, By The Way, I Forgive You includes ten new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Of their close relationship, Brandi comments, “The Twins and I have been in a band for so long now. And not just a band, we are literally a family. When you create art with twins, it becomes unclear when I end and where they begin.” In addition to Carlile (vocals, guitar, piano), Tim Hanseroth (vocals, bass), Phil Hanseroth (vocals, guitar), Cobb (guitar, percussion) and Jennings (piano, organ), the album features Chris Powell (drums), Josh Neumann (cello), John Mark Painter (French horn) as well as string arrangements and conducting by the late Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, The Rolling Stones).

Over the course of their acclaimed career, the band has released six albums, including 2015’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which garnered a Grammy nomination for “Best Americana Album.” Additionally, last year, they released Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child), which features 14 artists covering the songs on their breakthrough album The Story with all proceeds benefiting War Child. Artists included on the acclaimed project, which Rolling Stone calls, “tender and powerful,” include Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price and Jim James as well as a forward written by President Obama. More details can be found here.

In addition to their work as a band, Carlile and the Hanseroth twins remain committed to social activism and advocacy. Together, they are founders of the Looking Out Foundation, which aims to amplify the impact of music by empowering those without a voice. From neighborhood to nation, the foundation helps fund causes and organizations that often go unnoticed. $1 from every concert ticket sold goes directly toward efforts to support the diverse demographic they aim to serve. For more information on how to volunteer, donate or advocate visit


 – 36 Dates Kick Off May 6, 2018 –

 – Tickets Available to General Public Starting Friday, March 2 at –


(Feb 26, 2018)  Death-defying magician, David Blaine is taking his mind-blowing show ‘David Blaine Live’ on the road this spring and summer with a new round of 36 North American tour dates. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off May 6, 2018 in San Diego, CA and make stops in cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn, and more.

David Blaine will perform at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on Saturday June 23.  Citi® is the official presale credit card of the David Blaine Live Tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 27 at 10am local time until Thursday, March 1 at 10pmlocal time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, March 2 at 12pm local time at and on the Live Nation app.

Blaine is known for his exceptional fusion of magic and stunt work, unlike any other modern-day performer. The one-man show will be an interactive experience to shock and awe audiences.

Described by Howard Stern as the greatest magician that ever lived, David Blaine single-handedly redefined magic after producing and directing his original television special Street Magic when he was just twenty-three. Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller called “the best TV magic special ever done.” The New York Times noted that Blaine has “taken a craft that’s been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it,” whilst The New Yorker claimed “he saved magic.”

Blaine’s highly-rated primetime specials have shown him being buried alive in New York City for a week, encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days, surviving standing atop a 100ft tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, enduring 44 days inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water, and living within one million volts discharged at him continuously for 72 hours from seven Tesla coils. Blaine also spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center, after which he broke the world record for breath holding live on the Oprah Winfrey show where he held his breath for over 17 minutes. Since graduating high school, he has performed to audiences of over 20,000 in arenas around the world. He has performed for U.S Presidents including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and other international leaders and prominent figures such as Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Michael Bloomberg, Stephen Hawking and Muhammad Ali. For more information visit

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. For additional information, visit


Fourth member of Team USA to be Announced Next Week

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2018 – The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi today announced that former world No. 1 and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, fellow former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, and 2017 US Open and Australian Open semifinalist and world No. 9 CoCo Vandeweghe will represent the U.S. in the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round against the Netherlands.

The best-of-five match series will be played at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., Feb. 10-11, on an indoor hard court. This is the first time that Asheville is hosting Fed Cup. The U.S. team comes to the city after winning its record 18th Fed Cup title in November against Belarus, 3-2, in Minsk. This was the U.S.’s first Fed Cup title since 2000.

Captain Rinaldi will announce the final member of the four-player roster next week. The Netherlands team will also be announced next week.

Play begins on both Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, two singles matches will take place. On Sunday, play will continue with two reverse singles matches and the doubles match. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.

Limited tickets are still available and may be purchased by visiting or by calling 888-334-USTA (8782). Both single-day and two-day ticket packages are available. Two-day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday range from $50 to $190 ($25 to $95 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value. Single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday play are available from $30 to $100 per day.

While tickets are going fast, numerous community events will take place over Fed Cup week to celebrate the team coming to Asheville, which will be announced at a later date.

Local tie sponsors for Fed Cup in Asheville include Ingles, Skyland Automotive, Omni Grove Park, Charter Spectrum, New Belgium Brewing, Citizen, and

The U.S. Fed Cup team has played in North Carolina on three prior occasions, holding a 2-1 record in the state. The U.S. competed last in North Carolina in 2002, in Charlotte at the Olde Providence Racquet Club. The team also played in Raleigh in 1999 at the Raleigh Racquet Club, as well as in Wilmington in 1995 at Trask Coliseum.

The U.S. holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Netherlands in Fed Cup play. The U.S. last faced the Netherlands in the 1998 World Group First Round in Kiawah Island, S.C., sweeping the tie, 5-0. The Americans’ only losses to the Dutch came in 1968 and 1997.

World No. 5 Venus Williams, 37, continues to be at the top of her game, reaching the final of Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2017 with a semifinal showing at the US Open. Last year, Williams had the 13th Top 10 season of her career and finished 2017 in the Top 5 for the first time since 2010. In 2013, Williams re-entered the Top 20 for the first time since revealing that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder. Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and has won 49 career WTA singles titles. She has been ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Williams holds a 23-4 overall record in Fed Cup competition, including a 19-2 record in singles, and was a member of the title-winning team in 1999. She is competing in her first Fed Cup tie since February 2016. In Olympic play, Williams has won three gold medals in doubles (with Serena) in 2000, 2008 and 2012, and she captured the singles gold medal in 2000. Follow @venuswilliams on Instagram and @Venuseswilliams on Twitter.

Vandeweghe, 26, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is ranked a career-high No. 9 in the world. Vandeweghe made Fed Cup history last year by going 8-0 in singles and doubles play to lead the U.S. team to its 18th Fed Cup championship. With six singles wins in 2017, Vandeweghe became the first American ever, since the World Group format was instituted in 1995, to win all six Fed Cup singles matches in one year. She was also the first player to win eight rubbers (six singles, two doubles) in a Fed Cup year since 1995 and only the third player in Fed Cup history to win three rubbers in a Fed Cup Final (two singles and one doubles). Vandeweghe has played in seven Fed Cup ties, holding a 7-3 singles record and a 5-0 doubles record. She reached the semifinals of both the 2017 US Open and Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam results—and broke into the Top 10 for the first time in November. Vandeweghe also advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2015. She holds two WTA singles titles, both won in the Netherlands, in 2014 and 2016, as well as two doubles titles (Indian Wells in 2016 with Mattek-Sands, Stanford in 2017 with Abigail Spears). She competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in women’s doubles and advanced to the doubles semifinals at the 2015 and 2016 US Open. As a junior player, Vandeweghe won the 2008 US Open girls’ singles title. Her mother, Tauna, was a member of the U.S. national team in both swimming and volleyball, and her uncle is former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe. Follow @cocovandey on Instagram and @CoCoVandey on Twitter.

World No. 22 Serena Williams, 36, is competing in her first event since the 2017 Australian Open and since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September. Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at her last Australian Open while pregnant and now holds the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. Williams has won 72 WTA singles titles and has finished a season ranked No. 1 five times in her career, the last coming in 2015. She has also been ranked No. 1 in doubles in her career, holding 23 doubles titles with Venus, including 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. In 2012, Williams captured the Olympic gold medal in singles and women’s doubles with Venus in London. With the Olympic singles win, Williams joined Steffi Graf as the only women to complete the career Golden Slam—the Olympics and the four Grand Slam events—and she is the only person to accomplish the feat in both singles and doubles. Williams holds a 13-0 singles record and 3-1 doubles record in Fed Cup competition, last playing in the 2015 Fed Cup World Group II First Round against Argentina in Buenos Aires. She also helped the U.S. capture the 1999 Fed Cup title. Follow @serenawilliams on Instagram and @serenawilliams on Twitter.

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. holds an overall 149-36 record in Fed Cup competition with a 40-6 record in home ties. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to or

Keep up with Team USA using hashtag #TeamUSATennis on Facebook (@USTA), on Twitter (@USTA), and on Instagram (@USTA). Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Fed Cup team. Deloitte is the official team sponsor of the U.S. Fed Cup Team.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Due to inclement weather, the USCC Box Office will be closed Wednesday, January 17th. Tickets for our upcoming shows are available for purchase through Ticketmaster. Stay safe and warm out there!



U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi to Visit U.S. Cellular Center
on December 20 to Discuss Tennis Coming to Asheville
and the United States’ 2017 Fed Cup Title


U.S. Fed Cup Captain and former world No. 7 tennis player Kathy Rinaldi will discuss the upcoming Fed Cup tennis match between the United States and the Netherlands that will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., February 10-11. Rinaldi will also discuss the United States’ first Fed Cup title since 2000, which was won last month in Belarus.

Rinaldi will be in town for a site visit and will then test a portion of the court at the U.S. Cellular Center.


Wednesday, December 20
11:00 to 11:30 a.m.


U.S. Cellular Center (Arena Floor)
87 Haywood Street; Asheville, N.C. 28801
***Please enter at the main entrance at the Box Office.


Kathy Rinaldi is in her second year as U.S. Fed Cup Captain after being named the 19th captain on December 8, 2016, succeeding Mary Joe Fernandez after eight years at the post.  In her debut year as captain, Rinaldi led the U.S. Fed Cup Team to its first title since 2000, becoming the first Fed Cup Captain since Marty Riessen in 1986 to win the Fed Cup title in their first year. Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings.

She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi, 50, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993).


Tickets are going fast and may be purchased by visiting or by calling 888-334-USTA (8782).  Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. This is the first time that Asheville will host Fed Cup. The U.S. team comes to the city after winning its record 18th Fed Cup title in November over Belarus, 3-2, in Minsk.

The U.S. holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Netherlands in Fed Cup play. The winner of this match-up will advance to the Fed Cup Semifinal, April 21-22.

For more information, visit or


Amanda Korba, Senior Coordinator, USTA Corporate Communications
914-697-2219 (office), 914-325-3751 (cell),

After consulting with local authorities, and due to deteriorating weather conditions in the city of Asheville and surrounding areas, we are unfortunately forced to cancel tonight’s Pre-Jam at the Orange Peel.

While the streets may look passable now, conditions will worsen when the sun goes down. It is anticipated for temperatures to drop below freezing and the roads are expected to turn to ice. We’ve been advised that the roads tonight will simply not be safe enough for travel. We do not feel comfortable moving ahead when we cannot assure everyone’s safety.

Tomorrow’s 29th Annual Christmas Jam will go on as planned. We look forward to seeing you then and hope you have a safe night.

Date: December 6, 2017
U.S. Cellular Center Asheville
Contact: Chris Corl, General Manager | 828-259-5452 |

U.S. Cellular Customer Appreciation: Exclusive Discount on Mountain Invitational Tickets

This December brings a new collegiate event to the U.S. Cellular Center, when four premier teams go head to head in the first Mountain Invitational Double Header. College basketball at its finest, High Point takes on Wofford at 2:00 pm and two local favorites face off at 4:30 pm: the Western Carolina Catamounts and the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs.

In celebration of this flagship event, U.S. Cellular Center has teamed up with its title sponsor, U.S. Cellular to offer U.S. Cellular wireless customers an exclusive 30% discount on reserved and general admission tickets. Customers can claim this offer in two simple steps. First, text “MyUSCellular” to 62981. U.S. Cellular will then send a mobile coupon which customers can use to purchase tickets at the Arena box office. With one ticket good for both games and children 8 and under free, this is a family-friendly deal that cannot be beat this winter season.

Who will claim the title King of the Mountains? Find out this December 17th at U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, NC.

Discount details:
Receive a 30% off coupon on reserved and general admission seats to the Mountain Invitational by texting “MyUSCellular” to 62981. Offer available to U.S. Cellular customers only. Limit two tickets per coupon.

Mountain Invitational details:
December 17, 2017
High Point vs Wofford at 2:00pm
UNC-Asheville vs Western Carolina at 4:30pm
U.S. Cellular Center
87 Haywood Street | Asheville, NC 28801

For more information, contact the U.S. Cellular Center General Manager Chris Corl at or 828-259-5452. Or Visit