Momentum builds for Asheville to host more world-class sports events like Fed Cup

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Momentum is building for Asheville hosting high-profile sporting events.

The FED Cup, featuring Venus and Serena Williams, is the highest profile sports event in the city's history to date.

The commission celebrated all 2018 successes, and honored board members, including Bruce Peterson, who was instrumental in Asheville hosting the Fed Cup.

"I agree it's the best event we've ever put on in Asheville," Peterson said of the Cup. "Last year we did such a great job they called and said, 'We want to come back,' and that was significant. I think last year Serena made the comment, 'Why don't we do this in Asheville every year?" so that was wonderful."

Peterson says $20 million came into Buncombe County's economy this year.