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Some fans want CIAA Tournament back in capital city

Posted February 27, 2014
Updated February 28, 2014

— Nearly 200,000 fans were a part of last year’s CIAA tournament, generating $47 million for Charlotte’s economy.

Those are bodies – and dollars – Raleigh wants back.

The Capital City is among three areas vying to host the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament after Charlotte’s three-year contract is up this year. Raleigh hosted the tournament from 1999-2005 before it moved to the Queen City.

Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Washington D.C. are also being considered.

Some, like Sebastian Simmons, hope the tournament returns to Raleigh.

"I think what would happen if it comes back to Raleigh, we would get back into the game itself, the CIAA," the St. Augustine alumnus said. "It's about coming to the tournament and watching the game, watching the players, supporting the schools."

Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University and Fayetteville State University are CIAA members.

Others, like Jerry Farrior, want it to stay where it is.

"I like Charlotte. I've been here every year it's been in Charlotte so I've been coming since 1974," the Fayetteville State alumnus said.

Fayetteville State University Chancellor James Anderson is worried about more than location.

"I'm speaking for myself, what we need is to be assured that our return on our investment, which most importantly is scholarships for students, that's it's significant, it's substantive," said Anderson, who is on the CIAA Board of Directors and among the decision makers for the next host city. "Charlotte hasn't been fair, as far as i'm concerned, to the HBCUs."

While the tournament generated about $47 million in local revenue, the CIAA received $1 million in scholarship dollars to split among the conference's 12 member schools, Anderson said.

Anderson added that the one item in Raleigh's favor is the PNC arena, which is where the tournament was held previously.

Jazmina Paris hopes history repeats itself.

"Shaw is in Raleigh and it would be just a hop and a skip away," the Shaw University junior said. "And it would bring more tourist attraction here in Raleigh."

Scott Dupree, executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, pointed out that any talk about the tournament coming to Raleigh is just preliminary. Until the CIAA outlines specific needs, Dupree said, it is too early to comment.

He issued this statement early Friday:

"Once we receive the RFP (request for proposal) from the CIAA office, we will take a close look to see what the conference is requesting and requiring from the host city. Once we have a clear picture of what the CIAA is looking for, we will get together with all of our host partners – the city, the county, PNC Arena, St. Aug’s, Shaw, the Carolina Hurricanes, NC State, the CVB & the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance – to discuss the CIAA tournament and to determine whether it is a good fit for Raleigh."


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  • 37 Feb 28, 2014

    No basketball tournament draws 200,000 people. This figure is only reached by counting spectators attending multiple sessions during the tournament. It is a dishonest number that has been stated as fact for years. The CIAA Tournament is a great event and does not need inflated numbers to distinguish itself.

    The story says that Raleigh is "among three areas" that want to host the conference tournament. The next paragraph lists three cities, which is a total of four when Raleigh is included.

    One fan states that Charlotte has not "been fair" to the schools, but there is no information provided regarding what has or has not occurred.

    Jerry Farrior says that he has attended the tournament each year it has been in Charlotte (since 2006), but then says he has been participating for 40 years. The quote makes no sense. Both statements can be true, although not in the context used. If he has been attending for 40 years, he has made it a priority to be there for decades.

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 28, 2014

    How do fans act at NASCAR races farm? NCCU beating State this year isn't suppose to happen, but Coach is a excellent coach and his has a great bunch of kids that were hardly recruited. If they were to beat UNC or Duke it will be a travesty. Most go to the CIAA for the party's and yes there are thousands there from UNC, Duke, State, Wake etc. I go for the games

  • wakemom Feb 28, 2014

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    True indeed!

  • wakemom Feb 28, 2014

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    Excellent Post!

  • nagreene Feb 28, 2014

    Obamacare rises again said "Last time it was here, someone got shot and murdered behind the North Raleigh Hilton".

    Please don't make it sounds like the CIAA brings crime. Since the CIAA has been away, people are still murdered in Raleigh. So what's your excuse for crime now?

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 28, 2014

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    The homicide was proven to be directly related to the CIAA crowd and the element of criminal activity it brings.

  • vsusu2002 Feb 28, 2014

    Toddler 10-21 said "What if all the black players went to CIAA and MEAC schools? How good will UNC/DUKE be?"

    Bravo and you are exactly right.....On another note, please bring the CIAA back to Raleigh, please and thank you.

  • farm Feb 28, 2014

    Toddler. You're Quite sure? I've never been to a CIAA tourney but have been to CIAA games. Ive been in Greenshields back in the day during the tourney and was stared at like I was the devil himself. No problems though. Had a good time with my friends. Never been to and acc tourney. Why all the questions?

  • recontwice Feb 28, 2014

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    And that was related to the CIAA in what way?No more than the guy that got killed at an NCSU tailgate!!

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 28, 2014

    Chowan wasn't in the CIAA when you were there I'm quite sure? Do you attend the CIAA? If not why not? Rather the ACC?