U.S. Cellular Center
Asheville Civic Center
Opened 1974
Location 87 Haywood Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Owner Asheville City
Capacity U.S. Cellular Center 7,200, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with seating for 2,431,
U.S. Cellular Center (known as Asheville Civic Center until November 2011) is a 7,654-seat multi-purpose arena, in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. It was built in 1974.


It was home to the Asheville Altitude basketball team in the NBDL, before the franchise moved to Tulsa in 2005 and the United Hockey League's Asheville Smoke and also the SPHL's Asheville Aces.

Name ChangeEdit

On November 22, 2011, Asheville City Council voted to name the facility for U.S. Cellular, provided no other companies made a higher bid by December 31.[1] The name change was effective January 1, 2012. U.S. Cellular will pay $810,000 or more over five years and up to $1.35 million over eight years. The money will help with $5.5 million in renovations.[2]


  1. "Asheville City Council discusses Civic Center renaming", Asheville Citizen-Times, 2011-11-23. Retrieved on 2011-11-23. 
  2. Burgess, Joel. "Asheville will pay for U.S. Cellular Center sign", Asheville Citizen-Times, 2012-01-12. Retrieved on 2012-01-13. 
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