Following a 9 year run in the Queen City, city leaders heard an announcement yesterday that bodes well for tourism in the near future. Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter announced yesterday that the CIAA Basketball Tournament will be played in its current location for at least 6 more years. Further, the conference headquarters will relocate to Charlotte, NC in 2016 according to estimates.
Addressing the media at a press conference yesterday, Carpenter expressed appreciation for how Charlotte has embraced the tournament. The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority have agreed to provide more than $1.4 million in cash benefits for the student-athletes who attend the 12 CIAA Conference schools.
The announcement came just 2 days following the end of the 2014 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, played at the TimeWarner Arena, home of the Charlotte Bobcats, soon to be renamed the Hornets. The Livingstone Blue Bears of Salisbury, NC, won the men’s division for the first time in history while the Lady Bears of Shaw University won their division for the fourth straight year. Estimates place Charlotte revenues from this event at around $40,000,000 annually.