It's official: CIAA to leave Charlotte for Baltimore in 2021

- It's official. The CIAA, the nation’s first African American athletic conference, has selected Baltimore, Maryland as the official site of the 2021-2023 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament.  

The announcement, made by the CIAA Board of Directors on Tuesday, comes after a thorough and comprehensive process which included site visits to each city to assess athletic facilities, convention center, hotels, and restaurant options for the popular week-long event, organizers said. 

Additionally, three cities selected as finalists, delivered in-person presentations during the Board’s fall meeting in Charlotte in early December.

Charlotte, NC, and Norfolk, VA, were among the finalists. 

“This is an exciting time for the CIAA as we have an opportunity to bring the basketball tournament to a new market, moving it closer to many of our northern institutions who have travelled to Charlotte for more than a decade,” CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said in written statement, released on Tuesday. “We are incredibly thankful for our partnership between the CIAA, the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). Charlotte is still our home, we are still headquartered here. We have built life-long friendships with our partners and the community that goes beyond the tournament. We plan to continue this great relationship.”

The tournament has been held in Charlotte for the past 13 years and will remain in the city for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments.

The selection of Baltimore marks the first new location for the CIAA Basketball Tournament since 2005. From the tournament’s inception, the popular championship series has been held in Washington, DC, Norfolk and Richmond, VA, Raleigh and Greensboro, NC. Baltimore previously hosted the championship for one year, in 1951.

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