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CIAA basketball tournaments coming to Baltimore in 2021, with potential $50 million economic impact

CIAA basketball tournaments coming to Baltimore in 2021, with potential $50 million economic impact

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association is bringing its big party to Baltimore starting in 2021.

The city and the athletic conference made up of smaller historically black colleges and universities, including Bowie State University in Maryland, announced Tuesday that the CIAA will move its popular men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to Baltimore for three years.

The weeklong event could provide a huge economic boost from up to 150,000 people attending games, shows, reunions and forums.

“This could be Baltimore’s Super Bowl,” said Al Hutchinson, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore.

Baltimore beat out longtime host Charlotte, N.C., and Norfolk, Va., to...

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