Game On!

The CIAA Tour­na­ment will take place Feb. 23-28, 2015

Where Charlotte - - CIAA 2015 -

From Feb. 23 to 28, men’s and women’s teams from all 12 Cen­tral In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion schools will take part in the con­fer­ence’s an­nual bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment to de­ter­mine who ad­vances to the NCAA Di­vi­sion II tour­ney.

Tick­ets for the tour­ney, ex­pected to draw 150,000 fans to Time Warner Cable Arena by the time it’s com­pleted, are avail­able on the CIAA web­site, www.the­, and start at $50 for all ses­sions.

Bas­ket­ball fans also won’t want to miss the IAA Fan Ex­pe­ri­ence, a free, three-day event in the Char­lotte Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

The Cen­tral In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (CIAA) is based in Hamp­ton, Va., and is one of Amer­ica’s old­est ath­letic con­fer­ences. Founded in 1912, the con­fer­ence is home to 12 col­leges and univer­si­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia, Maryland, Vir­ginia and North Carolina, and holds 16 cham­pi­onships in men’s and women’s sports. Of the 156 cham­pi­onships the CIAA spon­sors, the event that gen­er­ates the most buzz for fans of col­le­giate ath­let­ics and has be­come the CIAA brand is the an­nual CIAA Tour­na­ment—played for the 10th year now in Char­lotte.

The CIAA is a crown jewel within col­lege sports. The an­nual men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment is de­scribed as the quin­tes­sen­tial cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence and known as one of the largest and most suc­cess­ful bas­ket­ball tour­na­ments in the United States. The CIAA Tour­na­ment is the third largest be­hind the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence (ACC) and Big Ten Con­fer­ence amongst all Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) bas­ket­ball tour­na­ments. More­over, the CIAA tour­na­ment is also one of a hand­ful of bas­ket­ball tour­na­ments in the na­tion that fea­tures men’s and women’s com­pe­ti­tions in the same fa­cil­ity, dur­ing the same week.

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