Monday, February 24, 2020
After 15 years of hosting, this week marks Charlotte’s last year for CIAA Tournament before moving to Baltimore. The tournament officially kicks off this Tuesday.
The CIAA is the nation’s first African-American athletic conference and for the past 14 years, it’s basketball tournament has been played in the Queen City.
This comes at a time when the conference is celebrating its 75th year.
The CIAA announced last year that it would be moving the tournament to Baltimore starting in 2021, part of a 3 year deal. Officials within the conference say Baltimore presented an impressive package for the tournament, one that Charlotte couldn’t match.
Last year, the tournament brought in more than $25 million in revenue to the area, and more than 76,000 fans.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said it will submit another bid for the tournament after 2023, when Baltimore’s bidding rights expire, so there’s a chance it could return to the Queen City in the future.
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