Colleges

CIAA agrees to keep tournament in Charlotte, relocate headquarters

Posted March 3

The Shaw Lady Bears won their fourth consecutive CIAA championship Saturday as they beat Fayetteville State in the tournament final, 73-70. (Photo by Stuart Todd)

— 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."

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  • wildween Mar 4, 1:17 p.m.

    Hey J9US did you go to the Leggo convention in Raleigh over the weekend? Pretty sure you did,... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Nerd made that computer you are pecking on...jus' sayin.....

  • sneeziegal Mar 4, 1:16 p.m.

    Anything that people don't feel they aren't part of, and can't control, it's funny how it turns... View More

    — Posted by gmuny33

    I agree. Its actually frightening how ignorant and dismissive some of these comments are. So this tournament is non-sense? So that means the ACC tournament and the NCAA tournament are non-sense too? It would be interesting to see if these comments were different if this article was about the ACC tournament coming to Raleigh. I suspect that it would be. Its amazing how much hate can flow from someone and how they TRY to disguise it. But your true colors still manage to show.

  • wasone Mar 4, 12:20 p.m.

    How on earth could someone think this is a racial issue? This is all about money and Charlotte offered them more. Just follow the money!!

  • gmuny33 Mar 4, 11:21 a.m.

    Anything that people don't feel they aren't part of, and can't control, it's funny how it turns to nonsense. Many of you are happy it didn't come back to Raleigh, but ask your economist who try to get such tournaments here. People, wake up, because it's not white, doesn't mean it's not right. Those talking of shootings, have there been no shootings since it left? Those that say good riddance, do you not realize PNC will not prosper as it wants to, only with hockey and ncsu as its tenants? Are there no shootings at the nascar events that are held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, that many of you covet or know someone who does? Stop being so closed minded to what you don't understand, or you can't be the center of. It is a tournament for HBCU's, but those same HBCU's are now giving scholarships to the minority, and that minority is white. They welcome the diversity, while many of you put it down, because you can't see any positive in anything other than what you are born into or pay into!!

  • elisabethshane Mar 4, 10:54 a.m.

    Thank goodness! Charlotte can keep it! We are the winner in this one, all the noise and madness made for Charlotte, they know how to host at this point so Cheers!! Let that horrific conference stay there... I won't have take my vacation early pending it's arrival!

  • 37 Mar 4, 10:08 a.m.

    Last week, WRAL posted that over 200,000 people attended a previous tournament. A city spokesman says tens of thousands visit (closer to being correct). No correction was ever made about the completely false statistic.

    Also, this story says the conference headquarters will move. Where is it now? The overall reporting mostly consists of paraphrasing press releases without fact checking anything.

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 4, 9:07 a.m.

    Sports teams are the reason race quotas were done away with. Just saying.

  • Billy the Kid Mar 4, 8:49 a.m.

    Thank goodness. Keep that non-sense there.

  • caniacfan Mar 4, 8:13 a.m.

    The same day or maybe day before this was announced there was a shooting at a CIAA after-party. I think Raleigh and the police department maybe came out as winners here.

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 3, 10:11 p.m.

    LL you are welcome to attend. Take all the black kids off your favorite team and I wonder how good they will be? Better yet all blacks kids in the country go to black universities. How good will your teams be if that happens?

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