UNC Asheville to open arena for Roy Williams

North Carolina coach Roy Williams, a native of Asheville, N.C., donated money to help build a new basketball facility for UNC Asheville, and the Bulldogs are rolling out the red carpet for him to coach the first men's game in the arena, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Rare is the road game that North Carolina will play against a non-BCS opponent, but Williams is set to bring the Tar Heels with him when 3,200-seat Kimmel Arena is opens at the start of the 2011-12 season.

From the report:

(Asheville athletic director Jane) Cone said if the building is completed early, the school could play some women's, high school or all-star games in Kimmel in the winter and spring of 2011, but the first men's game would definitely be the Tar Heels vs. UNCA on either Nov. 11, 2011 (a Friday night) or Nov. 13 (Sunday).

"If it's available, we'll play some games in there, but we want the grand opening for the men to be a situation like bringing in North Carolina, so we can put our best face forward in front of a large group of people," Cone said.


"We know it's going to be a popular ticket. We have a lot of Carolina fans, our students, faculty and staff, folks here in Asheville, our university donors, and Roy's friends and family -- they all will want to come to this game."

Just a guess, but Presbyterian fan Brian King probably won't have passes waiting for him at the gate.