CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The College Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament was declared and Extraordinary Eveny by City Manager Ron Carlee Tuesday morning.
The tournament, held at Time Warner Cable Arena, starts Tuesday, Feb. 23 and will go through Saturday, Feb. 27.
Other official CIAA events will be held the Charlotte Convention Center.
City officials define an Extraordinary Event as "a large-scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city."
Local leaders along with CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said officials are more prepared this year than in years past for the tournament.
"I am excited," CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said. "I feel like it's the first day of school."
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Last year the CIAA pumped more than $55 million in the local economy and more than 100,000 people attended a CIAA event.
The games start Tuesday and the championship games will be Saturday.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts is excited about the tournament.
"Student athletes is what it's all about," Roberts said. "It is incredible to have this kind of competitive experience, to have this opportunity to get a great education and to have the opportunity to compete and excel in athletics."
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said there is no word of any attacks happening at the CIAA, but they are still warning fans. CMPD says if you see something, say something.
Heavy motor and pedestrian traffic is expected in uptown during the tournament. City officials say the community can expect the following potential changes to city services:
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS):
CATS will run additional service on the LYNX Blue Line. A train will run every ten minutes during the following times:
- Friday, Feb. 26 - 3:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 27 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT):
- There are no planned street closures, but in the event of high pedestrian traffic, occasional closures of Fifth Street near the arena may occur after a game has ended.
- During times of high pedestrian traffic, motorists may be prohibited from making turns onto side streets from College Street and Tryon Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Sixth Street.
- On Friday and Saturday, motorists may be prohibited from making turns onto side streets turns from College Street and Tryon Street between Stonewall Street and Ninth Street.
- On-street parking will be limited on portions of Trade Street, Church Street, Tryon Street, College Street, Fifth Street and Sixth Street.
- Pedestrians will be crossing streets and walking to the arena from parking lots, garages and the convention center. Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times. CMPD officers will be on duty at every main pedestrian intersection in this area Thursday through Saturday.
- Pedestrians walking near work zone areas should be alert, cautious and allow extra traveling time. It is best to cross at signalized intersections, use pedestrian walk signals where available and abide by detour signage.
- Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious. Drivers should move to the correct lane well in advance and anticipate vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers should double their following distance.
Solid Waste Services (SWS):
- SWS will have extra crews in and around CIAA events to provide extra collections throughout the tournament.
Being an Extraordinary Event allows the city to modify its permitting process for activities and specifies particular items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event.