CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The CIAA Tournament will be leaving the Queen City in 2021, the Board of Directors Tournament Sub-Committee announced on Monday.
The organization has formally launched the bidding process to find the next host city for the annual men's and women's basketball tournament.
CIAA has been hosted in Charlotte since 2006. In 2018, the tournament brought over 140,000 fans to Charlotte during the week of competition with an economic impact of $50.5 million, according to the organization.
Since 2000, the CIAA has generated more than $650 million in economic impact and an average of $500 million in the state of North Carolina.
"The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) and the city of Charlotte have been a great host for the CIAA Basketball Tournament. Over the past 13 years both the CIAA tournament and Charlotte have grown and benefitted from the relationship," said CIAA Board Chair and Fayetteville State University President Dr. James A. Anderson. "The Board believes it makes good business sense to re-evaluate the location and amenities for the future of the tournament. Being mindful of the footprint of the CIAA institutions in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and now South Carolina, it's important to review all possible/potential locations to identify what's best for our student-athletes, alumni, and fans."
The bid specifications are now available for prospective cities, and the host city will be announced in December 2018. The city selected will serve as the official site of the tournament from 2021-2023.
Prospective cities are asked to submit a declaration of intent to bid, including a draft budget, hotel rates, and confirmation of adherence to the CIAA's bid specifications by September 9.
"The selection of the future CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament site is in alignment with site selections for all CIAA championships. The conference's Board sees this as a great opportunity to open the tournament experience to other markets and to forge new alliances," said Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA Commissioner. "Charlotte has been a great home for us and we look forward to continuing our partnership. Our future includes writing a new chapter in our tournament's history, with a goal of creating exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our student-athletes, coaches, alumni, sponsors, and fans."