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Basketball, concerts, step teams, the Miss CIAA competition and even a bit of stock car racing will be part of Saturday’s schedule as the CIAA tournament comes to an end. As has been the case all week, there will be much more to the CIAA experience in Charlotte than just basketball.

Since Charlotte adopted an “extraordinary event” ordinance for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the city has continued to invoke its expanded police powers during major uptown events.
Informal poll outside Charlotte Convention Center shows fans like the tournament right where it is

Basketball, concerts, step teams, the Miss CIAA competition and even a bit of stock car racing will be part of Saturday’s schedule as the CIAA tournament comes to an end.

DJ Jazzy Jeff, who rose to Grammy-winning fame in the early ’90s as the Fresh Prince’s musical partner, is one of the world’s greatest party-starting deejays. He brings his skills to CIAA weekend for the eighth year, soundtracking parties on both Friday and Saturday.

The location of the news conference, in Charlotte, and the fact that Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is scheduled to participate fuels speculation that the CIAA Tournament will remain in Charlotte.
Livingstone, the South Division’s top seed, never trailed and held off a spirited Rams challenge, capped by a celebration of fans and students on the Time Warner Cable Arena floor.

The Bears won their fourth straight league title and seventh in nine years at Time Warner Cable Arena to extend the CIAA’s longest-running dynasty.

Winston-Salem State needed to reach deep for a spot in the CIAA championship game. The Rams overcame a 16-point second half deficit to beat J.C. Smith 78-71 in the CIAA semifinals at Time Warner Cable Arena for a date against Livingstone.

A year ago during the CIAA Tournament, we told the story of Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, who broke the race barrier in the N.C. Shrine Bowl. Now, catch up with Kirkpatrick and his former classmate, who discovered their shared past in Charlotte's slavery era.