CIAA agrees to keep tournament in Charlotte, relocate headquarters
Posted March 3
Charlotte, N.C. — The CIAA announced Monday that they will hold the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Charlotte for at least the next six years as well as move their conference headquarters to the Queen City. As part of the agreement, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the CRVA will contribute $1.4 million annually distributed amongst the 12 member schools.
The CIAA tournament has been held in Charlotte for the past nine years. The new agreement comes just two days after the conclusion of the 2014 CIAA Tournament that saw the Shaw women win their fourth consecutive title and the Livingstone men win their first ever.
"We look forward to forging an even more enhanced, collaborative and positive partnership with the City of Charlotte," said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter. "It's been a home that has truly embraced the tournament and we look forward to growing the momentum we've experienced in these last nine years with renewed vision and energy that will help to shape the next generation of this event."
According to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the 2013 tournament generated $29.86 million in spending and had an overall impact of $47.17 million on Charlotte.
"On the heels of such a tremendous tournament, this news couldn't have come at a better time," said Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon. "I still remember helping to recruit this event to the Queen City more than a decade ago as Mayor Pro Tem so being able to keep it here for six more years is a testament to the depth of our relationship with the CIAA. This economic generator, that attracts tens of thousands of visitors here and infuses millions of dollars into our local economy, will pay dividends for years to come."