More than 150,000 people will descend on Charlotte for five action-packed days of basketball, entertainment and networking when the nation’s oldest African American athletic conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, hosts its 75th Anniversary CIAA Championship Basketball Tournament.
A quintessential must-see cultural experience, the annual Tournament offers official events appealing to a diverse demographic of alumni and fans - including educational programming, community engagement, Fan Fest, Super Saturday, step-shows, a Spades Tournament with a prize purse and concerts (SWV, Musiq Soulchild, Rapsody, Layton Greene, Brooklyn Queen, Carl Thomas, Avante) in addition to the highly anticipated Division II basketball championships.
It is one of a select few basketball tournaments in the nation that features men and women competing in the same facility during the same week. A total of 22 games are slated for the event.
All-session and multi-day tickets are now available via Ticketmaster and through participating member institutions with single season tickets going on sale in February. This will be the 15th consecutive year that CIAA champions have been crowned in Charlotte. To date, the HBCU conference, the city and corporate partners have secured over $20 million in scholarships for CIAA’s 12 member institutions (Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. Chowan University).
Early Rounds: Feb. 25-26, Bojangles Coliseum
QF/SF/Finals: Feb. 27-29, Spectrum Center
FanFest: Feb. 28-29, Charlotte Convention Center