A year ago the Bobcats held their training camp at UNC Asheville for the first time and it must have made quite an impression because they are going back for this year and next, it was announced today. Camp will open on Oct. 1 at the Kimmel Arena located in the Wilma M. Sherrill Center.
“We had great success with our training camp at UNC Asheville last year,” said Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins in a release. "As we anticipated, it was a perfect venue for us, and we are excited to have the opportunity to go back.”
Kimmel Arena opened in 2011 and is the home of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs men’s and women’s basketball teams with a seating capacity of more than 3,200.
“We are delighted to once again welcome the Charlotte Bobcats to the campus of UNC Asheville for their training camp in the Wilma M. Sherrill Center,” said UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet Cone. “We had a great experience hosting them last year and look forward to working with their new coach Steve Clifford and his staff in October.
“Our University has, once again, partnered with the city, county, sports commission, chamber of commerce, corporate partners, and the many passionate basketball fans in our region, to help position Western North Carolina as the premier showcase for all levels of basketball,” Cone added. “In addition, we look forward to welcoming the team, coaches, support staff and fans to our campus and the Greater Asheville area for a week of great sport and enjoyment; the Charlotte Bobcats and starting next season, Charlotte Hornets, will become yet another reason for people of all ages to consider Asheville a destination of choice for years to come.”
When player report it will mark the seventh time in the last nine years the Bobcats have held training camp away from Charlotte.
“The fans of Asheville could not have been more welcoming to us last year and we are pleased to be returning this season,” said Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “We are also excited that we are not just holding our training camp, but also playing a preseason game in Asheville for the first time.”