CIAA Tournament to Stay in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte needed a win with all the controversy surrounding North Carolina House Bill 2, and the Queen City got one Friday, with the CIAA announcing it will keep the 2017 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments here.

The conference is relocating eight other conference championships from the state because of HB2. But CIAA basketball will stay, for now. That’s welcome news for uptown businesses and their employees, with the tournaments bringing more than $50 million in economic impact each year.

“Being in the middle of the CIAA has always been a big boost for business,” said Damian Johnson, owner of No Grease Barber Shop. “So we’ve always been welcoming of Charlotte, the business has always been a good increase.”

The Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority tells WCCB Charlotte, “We’re proud of the work we’ve done with CIAA to grow this event over the last 10 years and want to ensure it remains in Charlotte for years to come.”

And the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance says, “CIAA is the most important event that we’ve had, and we thank them for not penalizing our industry for political reasons.”