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Getting more CIAA fans in the stands

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The first game of the 2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tipped off Tuesday morning at Time Warner Arena. It was the women's basketball team from St. Augustine University and Elizabeth City State University.

"I am supportive of women sports," CIAA fan Kim Peterson said. "I played softball and swam when I was at Johnson C Smith University."

The stands were not filled. Some expected it would be that way since it was a morning game and people have to work.

"I am a little disappointed," Peterson said. "Because I would love to see the fans come out and support the women and watch their games."

CIAA leaders are pushing hard to encourage people to focus on the basketball games. Some ticket prices have been lowered to attract more fans in the stands. While tournament leaders are coming up with more ways to increase attendance, fans have their own ideas.

"Have these companies buy tickets," CIAA Fan Rosa Jenkins said. "And send tickets out to senior citizens, to the schools to have a little more community buy in with that."

Also some fans think the CIAA schools should do a better job bragging about the event.

"They reach out to the media in that area," CIAA Fan Ralph Hook said. "And just get it promoted . A lot of folks when I told them where I was going for a week they just wasn't aware of it."

While the women's basketball games may not fill the stands, fans believe as the tournament comes to an end, people will come.

"Friday and Saturday," Jenkins said. "It's a full house. More people are off."

This year the CIAA did lower some ticket prices from $75 to $50 but some fans believe more ticket prices could be slashed. A week before the tournament about 11,000 tickets were sold, but the arena sits about 20,000 people.

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