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It’s the Maui Invitational — but Asheville style

Preparations are underway for the Maui Invitational’s move to Asheville. A site visit is underway to fine tune the plans for the event.



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The tournament is typically held the week of Thanksgiving in Maui, but, thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, the venue has been moved to Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville. The venue and the timing is different this year, but organizers are gearing up.

“We’re not trying to be Maui. We are trying to present just the best experience for the student-athletes in a year where things are crazy for them,” said Demp Bradford, president of the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission.

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Bradford said everything is coming together for Asheville to play host to the eight NCAA basketball teams for the annual tournament.

“The court was refinished last year,”

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