Charlotte Bobcats and UNCA Bulldogs team up for Fan Fest and Open Practice

Press release

From UNC Asheville Athletics

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Charlotte Bobcats and UNC Asheville will be hosting the Charlotte Bobcats Fan Fest and Open Practice from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 4th. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Wilma M. Sherrill Center and Kimmel Arena, 227 Campus Drive, Asheville, N.C. 28804. VIP Front Court Packages are available for purchase.

The Fan Fest will be held from 5-5:45 pm on the plaza outside the main entrance to the Sherrill Center. Activities include face painting, interactive games, live music, Bobcats merchandise for sale, ticket plan information, appearances by the Lady Cats Dance Team, and Rufus, the Charlotte Bobcats mascot. UNC Asheville will also have the Rocky mascot and Rocky I.

From 6-7 p.m., there will be an open practice with the Charlotte Bobcats. No autograph session is planned.

“We are pleased that the Bobcats are as enthusiastic about coming to Asheville as we are about hosting them, and they’ve shown their appreciation by adding this fan event. This event will give our campus and community the opportunity to observe an NBA team as they prepare for the season, and welcome them to Asheville with a celebration,” said Aaron Sanders, Director of Event Management for University Enterprises at UNC Asheville.

Seventy-five fans may purchase the VIP Front Court packages for $100. The package includes a Charlotte Bobcats gift bag, VIP seating during the Bobcats’ open practice in Asheville, and a ticket in the Front Court Club to a Charlotte Bobcats game at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte. VIP ticket holders will also join Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap and front office staff for a meet and greet, including food and beverages sponsored by Biltmore Farms and Hickory Tavern. The doors open for the event at 4:30 pm, and the meet and greet takes place from 5-5:45 pm.

For more information or for VIP Front Court package tickets information, visit or call 828-258-7900


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