CIAA 2017February 15, 2017 12:24 pm
The 2017 CIAA Tournament returns to the Queen City, for its 12th consecutive year, Tuesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 25 with a full court press experience everyone can enjoy.
Whether you are a sports fan, a family looking for fun-filled activities, or a group of friends looking to hang out; the CIAA invites you to be a part of the experience.
Basketball action begins at the newly renovated, Bojangles’ Coliseum on February 21 and 22 with early round game sessions.
Quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship finals will be held on February 23 – 25 at Spectrum Center.
All-session game tickets provide fans with access to 22 action-packed games, vendors, food, and live performances by national recording artists EnVogue, BJ The Chicago Kid, Sunshine Anderson, Howard Hewett, Chubb Rock and more. Tickets can be purchased at www.ciaatournament.org/tickets or on-site at both venues’ box offices.
Here is a list of free experiences for the family:
- Toyota Fan Fest Live on Thursday, February 23 – Saturday, February 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Hall A & B. The three-day event features celebrity meet-n-greets, and interactive games and contests.
- McDonald’s Super Saturday, which is free and features the cheerleading exhibition and battle of the bands, returns to the Spectrum Center on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
The CIAA’s official event line-up provides an array of options for all ages.
- For those interested in career opportunities, make sure you check out the CIAA Career Expo that takes place on Thursday, February 23 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center. Residents of Charlotte and communities at-large seeking job opportunities are invited to attend.
- CIAA Old School Skate Party featuring DJ Kool held at Kate’s Skating Rink off Independence Blvd
- Charlotte’s own No Limit Larry & The Morning Maddhouse live. The morning show broadcast is FREE and takes place on Friday February 24 in the Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center
- The John B. McLendon, Jr. CIAA Hall of Fame Breakfast will celebrate seven great inductees during this year’s 2017 induction ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24 in Ballroom C & D at the Charlotte Convention Center. For a full list of inductees, click here.
- Town Hall Forum: Building Equity & Inclusion on Friday, February 24 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Ballroom A & B at the Charlotte Convention Center; which will include TED-style Talks and a diversity and inclusion panel discussion aimed at highlighting the work and experiences of thought leaders on race, LGBTQ inclusion and gender equity.
- McDonald’s Greek Step Show returns on Friday, February 24 followed by the High School Step Show Step-Off on Saturday, February 25, both at the Charlotte Convention Center in Hall C.
- CIAA presents Pandemonium – The Official CIAA Celebrity Concert & Afterparty on Friday, February 24 in the Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center featuring BJ The Chicago Kid.
- CIAA Champions Reception & Concert on Saturday, February 25 in the Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center featuring Tony Terry & Najee.
For a full list of official CIAA events and to purchase tickets visit http://www.ciaatournament.org/
Written by: Lynn Henderson