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UNC Asheville will host Bobcats training camp

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Charlotte Bobcats have announced that their training camp will be held at the University of North Carolina Asheville's new arena this fall.

Kimmel Arena will host the NBA team this fall as the Bobcats prepare for the season. Charlotte went 7-59 during the 2011-2012 season.

Kimmel Arena opened in November 2011 and is home to the Bulldogs men's and women's basketball teams. The arena is located in the Wilma M. Sherrill Center and has a capacity of more than 3,200 for basketball.

"Kimmel Arena is a new, state-of-the-art venue that will be an ideal place for our players and coaches to prepare for the coming season," said Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins. "We look forward to utilizing all of the various amenities UNC Asheville has to offer, and we thank Coach Biedenbach and Coach Kirkpatrick for opening their facilities to us."

The Bobcats were forced out of their home court, the Time Warner Cable Arena, with the arrival of the Democratic National Convention this summer. News reports said the team would not have access until later in October as the arena is reconverted to host games.

"Our University has, once again, partnered with the city, county, sports commission, chamber of commerce, corporate partners, and the many passionate basketball fans in our region, to help position Western North Carolina as the premier showcase for all levels of basketball," said UNC AshevilleDirector of Athletics Janet Cone. 

The 2012 training camp will mark the sixth time in the past eight years the Bobcat have held camp outside of Charlotte. The team previously held camp at UNC Wilmington from 2005 to 2008 and in 2010. 

"As we continue to position the Bobcats as a team for all the Carolinas, we look forward to making our first trip to Asheville," said Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. "We are excited about our new relationship with UNC Asheville and about bringing our team to our fans in the western portion of the state." 

The officials dates for the Bobcats' training camp have not yet been announced. The team's first preseason NBA game is against Washington Wizards (20-46 in 2011-2012) at home on Oct. 7. 

The Bulldogs men's basketball team will play their first home exhibition game at Kimmel Arena on Nov. 5 against Brevard College. The women's team will host Western Carolina on Nov. 10 as a part of the Asheville Collegiate Invitational. 

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