• Will this be Charlotte's last year hosting CIAA Tournament?

    By: Trish Williford


    CHARLOTTE - It’s an event that draws thousands of people to the Queen City every year.

    From the basketball games to the parties, and of course the crowds, Uptown Charlotte will transform during the next several days. But could the party soon be coming to an end?

    Charlotte’s contract to host the games expires this year. We’re told the CIAA Conference has not yet decided where they’ll hold future tournaments.

    And the economic impact is huge. The week- long event brings about $50 million into Charlotte every year.

    But now with the tournament’s contract expiring, there could soon be other suitors vying to host the conference, such as Atlanta and nearby Raleigh.

    “If it went to another city some would have to travel. I don’t think I would travel there,” says Zack Edwards, a Charlotte resident.

    The CIAA Conference kicks off Tuesday. This is the ninth year for the event.

    Click here to see the tournament’s game schedule. For more information about events taking place during this week's CIAA Tournament, click here.

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