The Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission was formed in the fall of 2010 by a handful of civic-minded leaders who had a vision to impact the local economy by bringing more sporting events to the region.
The Sports Commission is a community driven organization led by a diverse board of directors representing varied community interests. These leaders share a common goal of improving the health and quality of life of Asheville and Buncombe County residents while enhancing our community’s economic vitality with a thriving sports tourism market.
The Sports Commission staff works with event organizers, both locally and nationally, to showcase the Asheville community and its sport venues as the ideal location for their next event. The Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau work in collaboration with one another to ensure each sporting event held in the area is a successful and unforgettable experience. Combined we are your one stop for sport event planning in the Asheville area.
The ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Downtown Asheville is Western North Carolina’s largest arena. With the seating capacity of up to 6,400, the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville has hosted events including the NCAA Division I Southern Conference Basketball Championships and the Fed Cup First-Round Tie in 2018 & 2019.