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Big South Conference signs on for Charlotte tourney run
3-year deal starts with 2021 event
Published Monday, November 18, 2019 6:10 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

When the CIAA, which has dominated tournament basketball in Charlotte for 15 years, leaves in 2020, the Big South Conference will step in with a three-year deal.

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Charlotte already has a replacement for the CIAA basketball tournament.

The Big South Conference will play its men’s and women’s conference tournaments at Bojangles’ Coliseum from 2021-23, Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell confirmed. A press conference will take place tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the site where league Commissioner Kyle Kallander, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority CEO Tom Murray and Charlotte Sports Foundation Executive Director Danny Morrison will make the official announcement. The 11-team conference includes nearby teams such as Winthrop, as well as schools further out, like Hampton, a former CIAA and MEAC member.

Both the CIAA, an NCAA Division II league, and the Division I Big South are headquartered in Charlotte. Charlotte will host its final CIAA men’s and women’s tournament in February, with preliminary games at Bojangles’ and the final rounds moving to Spectrum Center in Uptown. Then the tournament will move to Baltimore. Charlotte has served as host since the 2005-06 season.

Charlotte hosted three basketball events last winter, which produced a combined $167 million in economic impact. The NBA All-Star weekend, CIAA tournament, as well as the ACC tournament between Feb. 15 and March 16 resulted in $93.5 million in direct visitor spending. The CIAA tournament (24 total games) produced $43.7 million in economic impact, with $25.6 million in direct visitor spending. It is the only NCAA Division II conference championship tournament to play its final in an NBA arena.  


My name is Jonah Forte and I enjoyed reading your article. When available, could you send me the press release or document stating the location and time the press conference announcing this will take place? My email is jonahforte2099@gmail.com.

Please reply when available and I look forward to your email.

Thank you
Posted on November 19, 2019

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