The Charlotte Bobcats will hold their 2012 training camp at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena.
The new arena opened in 2011, it holds 3,000 fans and the Bulldogs men and women’s basketball teams play there.
In a post on beachcarolina.com, a page (which I assume is) ripped from UNCA’s media guide describes the facility:
“The multipurpose facility has hosted over 100,000 guests since its opening, and offers the modern amenities fans, players, and coaches expect, including wide concourses with views of the court, large video boards, intimate and comfortable seating and outstanding training facilities”
The Bobcats have held camp outside of Charlotte in six of the past eight years, most recently in Wilmington. They’ve never hosted it in Asheville.
Fred Whitfield, the Bobcats Sports and Entertainment president says these out of town training camps help promote the Bobcats as “a team for all the Carolinas”.
Mike Dunlap has a lot of work to do at camp; The Bobcats, aside from posting the worst record of all NBA time, have a lot of young players with obvious holes in their games. This could be the most important training camp in franchise history.
It will also be the first time fans get to catch a glimpse of Charlotte’s new additions like Ben Gordon, Brendon Haywood, Ramon Sessions and rookies Jeff Taylor and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.