Earlier this year, the CIAA and Charlotte agreed to a new deal to keep the conference’s basketball tourament in the city for at least the next six years. On Wednesday the two sides met up to give the public more specifics about the future of their partnership, which netted Charlotte over $30 million in 2015.
Highlights of the announcement include reduced ticket and hotel packages, as well as relocation of early-round games to the Bojangles Coliseum starting in 2017.
“Charlotte has been a tremendous partner over the years and we’re happy to have the opportunity to make further contributions to the city’s growth,” said Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams.
Fans concerned about high hotel prices will find relief under the new deal via the new Fan Housing Program.
Fans will be able to secure lodging in Center City Charlotte at lower rates than previous years directly from the CIAA. Ticket sales and hotel rooms associated with the event will be available via theciaa.com beginning Sept. 8.
The two parties have agreed to $100,000 relocation support for the conference, as it moves its headquarters to from Hampton to Charlotte in 2016. The conference also unveiled a new logo for the 2015 tournament, featuring the Charlotte skyline.