News 13 is following breaking news. We have learned the Fed Cup, the World Cup of women’s tennis, will be coming to Asheville’s US Cellular Center in February 2018.
The announcement is expected Tuesday, November 14th at 10 A.M. But, News 13 was able to confirm the details with the US Cellular Center, The Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, and the United States Tennis Association to break the story ahead of the announcement.
Chris Corl, General Manager of the US Cellular Center, had a hand in submitting the bid. He says, this means Asheville is the only city in the U.S. to host the event for the first round. “It’s really a transformative event for a venue and a place and it’s a great community event. The goal of the United States Tennis Association is to expand the sport of tennis,” says Corl.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 17, at 10 A.M. Two-day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday will be sold at reduced prices ranging from $50 to $250 ($25 to $125 per day). Single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday will be sold with prices ranging from $30 to $135 per day. Tickets may be purchased by visiting this site or by calling 888-334-USTA (8782).
The Fed Cup was launched in 1963, as the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport. The United States just won its record 18th Fed Cup championship this weekend, its first Fed Cup title in 17 years. The U.S. was led by world No. 10 CoCo Vandeweghe and reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens under first-year captain Kathy Rinaldi.