CIAA tournament to leave Charlotte for Baltimore in 2021

CIAA tournament to leave Charlotte for Baltimore in 2021
Charlotte still has the tournament until 2020.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association confirmed on Tuesday the annual basketball tournament, better known as CIAA, is leaving Charlotte and will be played in Baltimore for years 2021-2023.

The nation’s first African-American athletic conference made the announcement after a thorough and comprehensive process, including visiting each potential host city. Officials assessed athletic facilities, convention center, hotels and restaurant options for the week-long event.

Sources say Baltimore presented an impressive package for the tournament.

Charlotte still has the tournament until 2020.

This is an exciting time for the CIAA as we have an opportunity to bring the basketball tournament to a new market, moving it closer to many of our northern institutions who have travelled to Charlotte for more than a decade,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “We are incredibly thankful for our partnership between the CIAA, the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA).  Charlotte is still our home, we are still headquartered here. We have built life-long friendships with our partners and the community that goes beyond the tournament. We plan to continue this great relationship.
CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams

In December, WBTV reported that the popular basketball tournament’s days could be numbered in Charlotte, as the CIAA board of directors heard pitches from three cities that were interested in taking the tournament.

The event has been in Charlotte for the past 13 years and was previously held in Washington D.C., Norfolk and Richmond Virginia and Greensboro.

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) CEO Tom Murray says they are “disappointed” to see the tournament leave Charlotte. To date, CRVA says they have contributed more than $13.7 million in scholarships that was divided among the 12 schools in the conference.

We will approach these next two tournament years the way we always have; with an enthusiastic attitude to make every tournament the very best fan and student athlete experience that it possibly can be. We believe in the CIAA and we congratulate Baltimore on this significant accomplishment.
CRVA CEO Tom Murray

Baltimore, Norfolk and Charlotte were reportedly on the short list to possibly host the tournament for 2021-2023.

Sources said Baltimore would tout corporate support it has obtained. The city is also a short distance from the historically black college Bowie State University,

The CIAA pumped millions of dollars into the local economy. In 2018, the CIAA generated more than $50 million.

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