Queen City Preparing To Host CIAA Tournament For The Last Time

CHARLOTTE, NC. — CIAA Tournament kicks off Tuesday in the Queen City. After 14 years, this will be the last.

“This is a great opportunity to show the best parts of our city. Again, expose different people in different zip codes who feel like they might not have something to come uptown for,” says City Council member Braxton Winston.

The tournament will be held in Maryland beginning in 2021. Baltimore offered $2 million in scholarship money. According to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority bid, Charlotte only offered $1.5 million. City Council member Braxton Winston says Charlotte needs to put in a better bid.

“We look forward to bidding for the next contract when it’s up in Baltimore in three years.”

Over the last 14 years, the CIAA Tournament has contributed an estimated $600 million dollars in economic impact to the region. Including $370 million in direct visitor spending.
An estimated 130,000 people come to Charlotte for the tournament.

“The biggest loss that can’t be measured in dollars and cents, you know to have all of these HBCU’s here, the alumni, the families that come down around it.”

Charlotte can put in another bid to host the tournament in 2023. Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams says filling hotel rooms is a priority.

“As we go through bid process and we evaluate, always the hotel communities is an important piece of how we do our business,” says McWilliams.