From a more colorful foyer to an arena with top-notch sound, lighting systems, new seating, and an enhanced concession area serving local craft beer, the venerable Asheville Civic Center will be undergoing some exciting changes over the next year — just in time for the return of the Southern Conference men’s basketball tournament in March of 2012.
Xpress staff reporters Michael Muller and Jake Frankel speak with Sam Powers, General Manager of the Civic Center and Director of Economic Development for the City of Asheville. In the following videos, Powers takes Xpress viewers on a guided tour and explains some of the big changes coming to the 35-year old downtown institution.
In Part One, we visit the public areas of the Civic Center:
In Part Two, Powers takes us on a “behind the scenes” look at places that are usually off-limits to the public, including dressing rooms and meeting areas:
Videos by Jake Frankel and Michael Muller