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Franklin Graham Brings 'Decison America' Tour To Asheville

Oct 10, 2019
Samaritan's Purse

On Sunday, evangelist Franklin Graham will make an appearance in Asheville as part of something he calls the Decision America Tour. He says the religious rally isn’t political, but it’s hard to separate Graham’s spiritual advocacy from his politics.

Matt Bush

Last month, Harrah’s Cherokee was awarded the naming rights for the U-S Cellular Center in Asheville. The organization’s bid offered $3.25 million over the next five years.

General manager of Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center Chris Corl said a little over $300 thousand a year from those increased funds will go towards renovating the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The auditorium has not been updated since 1975. The main entrance for performers used to be a window that was converted into a door about 40 inches tall.


At the end of lengthy meeting Tuesday night, Asheville city council awarded the naming rights to what is now the U.S. Cellular Center to Harrah’s Cherokee.   On January 1st of next year, the facility will be called Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville.  The complex includes the Arena, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and an exhibition hall and a banquet hall.

The Fed Cup women’s tennis tournament is in back in Asheville this weekend with the U-S taking on Australia.  The first match is Saturday, but action has been happening all week with events and activities designed to get kids interested in tennis.  BPR’s Helen Chickering stopped in on a Fed Cup tennis clinic at the U.S. Cellular Center.

The Fed Cup, the women’s international team tennis tournament, is returning to Asheville this winter.  The U.S. will play Australia on February 9th and 10th of 2019 at the U.S. Cellular Center.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.

The city of Asheville on Monday announced it was opening up the bidding for the naming rights to the U.S. Cellular Center.  Opened as the Asheville Civic Center Complex in 1974, the naming rights were sold to U.S. Cellular in 2011 for $1.35-million.  The contract with the firm expires at the end of 2019.

Matt Bush BPR

The highest level of women’s professional tennis is coming to Asheville early next year.