City of Charlotte Welcomes CIAA Tournament

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2017) – The City of Charlotte will welcome the College Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament this week. Tournament events begin today and run through Saturday, Feb. 25.

This is the 12th year the city has hosted the tournament. The event generated $57.4 million in economic impact ($31.6 million in direct spending) in the community last year.

CIAA games will be held at the Bojangle's Coliseum and the Spectrum Center, and other CIAA events will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The following City departments reported potential service impacts or changes for this week:

Charlotte Department of Transportation
Heavy Uptown pedestrian and motorist traffic is expected.

Motorists are advised of the following:

  • 150 school buses will be transporting young students and parking around the uptown area during Education Day on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Children will be walking from and to buses and various venues, and traffic will be very heavy.
  • There are no planned street closures, but sporadic closures of Fifth Street near the Arena may occur after key games end.
  • When pedestrian traffic is high, motorist turns onto side streets from College Street and Tryon Street may be prohibited, specifically on both College Street and Tryon Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Sixth Street.
  • On Friday and Saturday, motorist turns from College Street and Tryon Street between Stonewall and Ninth streets may be prohibited.
  • Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
  • On-street parking will be limited on portions of Trade Street, Church Street, Tryon Street, College Street, Fifth Street and Sixth Street.
  • Motorists wishing to park are encouraged to access lots by using the side street where the lot or deck is located.

Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times. Pedestrians will be crossing streets and walking to the Spectrum Center from parking lots, garages and the convention center. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers will be on duty at every main pedestrian intersection in this area during the event.

Pedestrians walking near work zone areas should be alert, cautious and allow extra traveling time. It is advised they cross at signalized intersections, use pedestrian walk signals where available and abide by detour signage.

Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers should double their following distance.

For more information about traffic management for this event, contact Joe Yanicak, CDOT Arena Events Coordinator, at 704-336-5531 or

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
CATS will run additional service on the LYNX Blue Line. A train will run every ten minutes during the following times:

  • Friday, Feb. 24: 3:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Solid Waste Services
Solid Waste will have additional crews assigned to areas affected by CIAA events in the Central Business District. Solid Waste has also scheduled additional crews on CATS Light Rail and the CATS Gold Line stations throughout the tournament.   


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