Johnson C. Smith players and cheerleaders celebrate their win over Virginia State in the women's CIAA basketball championship at the Spectrum Center. NELL REDMOND

In four months, the CIAA basketball tournament returns to Charlotte — and on Tuesday the conference announced that start of ticket sales for the annual event, scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 3.

CIAA officials said the theme of the tournament will be “Homecoming.”

“Our homecoming theme reinforces the message of what the CIAA has meant and continues to mean for our students, alumni and fans,” CIAA commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said in a statement sent to media.

Here’s what you need to know:


In addition to tickets to individual games, fans can buy a package that includes access to 22 men’s and women’s games, live performances by national recording artists, premium vendors, food, shopping, contests and prizes.

Like last year, early round games will be played at Bojangles’ Coliseum on February 27 and 28. Quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games will be played at Spectrum Center from March 1 to 3.

For ticket options, go to or Alumni also may purchase tickets from their member institutions. To get answers to frequently asked questions, visit

Hotel Info

ConferenceDirect is the official hotel-booking partner of the CIAA. For tournament rates at more than 25 hotels, visit

In August, CIAA unveiled plans for a new tourney mobile app that will give fans info on ticket prices and hotel reservations set for release this winter.