The Colonial Athletic Association has reached an agreement with the Charleston Area Sports Commission, North Charleston Coliseum and the College of Charleston to conduct the 2017, 2018 and 2019 CAA Men’s Basketball Championships at the Coliseum.
“We are excited to bring the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the thrill of March Madness to Charleston,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. “Charleston has long been considered one of top tourist destinations in the United States. Our fans will enjoy a variety of activities and the outstanding hospitality of the low country along with some terrific college basketball.”
The CAA Men’s Basketball Championship has been held at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland since 2014 and the conference concludes its three-year agreement this March. The conference opened an RFP process last fall to solicit regions and venues for championships in 2017 and beyond. The Charleston group’s proposal was supported unanimously by the CAA’s Athletic Directors.
“We’ve had a great run in Baltimore and it has been an opportunity to showcase exciting CAA basketball in a new market,” Yeager said. “We thank the fans, the city of Baltimore, its business community and Royal Farms Arena for their support.”
The North Charleston Coliseum seats 11,000 for basketball and recently invested over $21 million in enhancements. The multipurpose complex is located within two miles of the Charleston International Airport and 10 miles from the historic district of Charleston.