March 24, 2023


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Big Daddy Kane, YoYo, Monie Luv, Rakim and Michel’le Added to List of Artists to Perform at Official CIAA Events During Tournament Week (February 22-26)

Charlotte, NC (January 10, 2022) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference, announced today that the Annual “Big House Gaines” ticket promotion is available beginning today, Monday, January 10th.  This promotion, in honor of legendary Head Coach Clarence Gaines, allows you to automatically upgrade your seats, where applicable, when you purchase tickets to the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament taking place February 22-26 at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD.  The offer is valid through January 28 (or while supplies last) and limited to four (4) tickets per transaction. The “Big House Gaines” ticket promotion for the highly anticipated CIAA Basketball Tournament, featuring 22 action-packed games, is now available via the CIAA league office along with select participating member institutions.  Single-session tickets will go on sale in early February. 

In addition to the highly anticipated Division II basketball championship, the annual tournament will again offer a multitude of official celebratory affiliated events that appeal to a diverse demographic of alumni and fans, including community engagement, Super Saturday, step-shows, concerts. Staple events such as Fan Fest, Education Day, and Career Expo will again be featured during tournament week, one of the country’s premier college basketball and cultural experiences.  

Newly announced artists confirmed to perform at the official CIAA events during Tournament Week include Big Daddy Kane, YoYo, Monie Luv, Rakim and Michel’le. Previously announced performers included The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Legendary DJ Kool.

This will be the conference’s first basketball championship in Baltimore since 1952 after hosting a Charm City-themed virtual tournament experience in February 2021. Fan housing and hotel packages are currently available at

The CIAA and its partners are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment throughout tournament week and will follow all state and local COVID-19 guidelines and protocols. For more information on safety practices and guidelines, visit the COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols landing page at Updates to this information may occur based on public health recommendations, so potential attendees are strongly encouraged to review regularly.  

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About the CIAA 
Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first, and longest running, African American athletic conference in the U.S. and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. In 2020, the conference celebrates the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament – an event that has become a must-see in the African American community. The Basketball Tournament has been honored as a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, for both 2018 and 2019. 
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. Chowan University is an associate member in football and women’s bowling. For more information on the CIAA, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

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