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Asheville, N.C., Selected as Host City of 2007 and 2008 Big South Women's Basketball Championship Tournament
If the Liberty University women's basketball team is to capture its 11th-consecutive Big South championship this season, it will take place at the Justice Center on the campus of UNC Asheville.
The Big South Conference Council of Chief Executive Officers has approved the selection of Asheville, N.C., as the host site of the 2007 and 2008 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Women's Basketball Championship, it was announced today by Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander at a press conference at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce in downtown Asheville. UNC Asheville will serve as the host institution of the event, which will be contested at the Justice Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. Specific dates shall be determined pending television arrangements and will be announced in the near future.
"The Asheville community made a very impressive presentation," said Kallander. "It is clear they are extremely excited about hosting this event and will embrace it."
The Big South women's basketball tournament returns to Asheville for the first time since 2000. The city has hosted the league's women's basketball championship three times: 1990 (Justice Center), 1999 (Asheville Civic Center) and 2000 (Asheville Civic Center). The conference is returning its annual women's basketball tournament to a single-site format following a four-year switch to home sites of the highest seeds. Since 2003, the top four seeds hosted first round games, while the regular-season champion hosted the semifinals and finals three times (2003, 2005 and 2006). In 2004, the highest seeds hosted each tournament game throughout the championship.
"We are thrilled that the Big South Conference has chosen UNC Asheville and the City of Asheville to host its next two Big South Conference women's basketball tournaments," said UNC Asheville Athletics Director Janet Cone. "We could not have received this bid without the help of Tim Lampkin of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Ron Storto of Biltmore Farms, Inc., and others who have volunteered their services to make this dream a reality.
"Hosting the Big South Conference Women's Basketball tournament will allow us to showcase not just UNC Asheville but the city of Asheville as well," added Cone. "We are planning on providing a wonderful experience for the coaches and student-athletes of the Big South Conference. Hosting the tournament will also allow us to give back to the Asheville community. We are establishing a Tournament Legacy Fund that will be used to support athletic opportunities for young women in sports in the Asheville area."
Ticket prices and sale dates for the 2007 Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship will be announced once it is finalized.