ASHEVILLE, N.C. - It was announced Thursday (Sept.14) morning by the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and the US Cellular Center that the Mountain Invitational would return on Dec. 17, 2017. The 2017 Mountain Invitational will feature institutions from the Big South Conference and the Southern Conference playing a men’s basketball doubleheader at the site of the 2018 Southern Conference Championships and will tip-off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.
The Catamounts will renew their Mountain Rivalry with UNC Asheville at 4:30 p.m. while High Point will take on Wofford in the 2 pm contest.
"We are pleased and excited to be a part of the Mountain Invitational,” said Western Carolina head men’s basketball coach Larry Hunter. “There are many great basketball fans in the Asheville area who are going to be treated to a tremendous afternoon of college basketball at the US Cellular Center in December as the basketball season kicks into high gear. The Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission has worked diligently for months with our coaches and administrators to make this event become a reality."
Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission Executive Director Demp Bradford knows the Mountain Invitational is a great thing for Asheville.
"The Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission is proud to once again partner with the US Cellular Center and put together a great day of college basketball at the US Cellular Center," Bradford said. "We would like to thank Janet Cone (UNC Asheville Director of Athletics) for her perseverance in helping make this event a reality. This is a great opportunity to showcase the rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Catamounts and host a matchup between two excellent programs in High Point and Wofford. We hope that this will become an annual event to showcase college basketball at the US Cellular Center."
Tickets for the Mountain Invitational are on sale as of today. Tickets are $33.50 for courtside seats and $19.50 for reserved seats in sections 103-109 and 122-128. General admission in sections 101, 130 and all of the balcony are $12.50. Ages eight and under are free and do not need a ticket. Students ages nine and up may purchase tickets for $10 in all areas except courtside seats.
There is also a special VIP ticket available at a cost of $50. Seats are located in sections 122-124 and include access to a lounge catered with snacks, hot dogs, sliders, and drinks (non-alcoholic). Two beer/wine vouchers are also included. A cash bar is available for additional alcoholic drinks.
All tickets include admission to both basketball games.
The Mountain Invitational games are not part of Western Carolina’s 2017-18 season ticket package.