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Old 04-07-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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This is great news for our economy. $44.3 Million, a 19% increase, over 2010 results. Yeah!!!

CIAA nets big gains in Charlotte | Charlotte Business Journal
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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This is great news for our economy. $44.3 Million, a 19% increase, over 2010 results. Yeah!!!

CIAA nets big gains in Charlotte | Charlotte Business Journal
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The tournament games, along with parties, fans festivals and other events tied to the conference, brought 190,000 fans to uptown this year, according to the CIAA.
IMO, this is GREAT news for the city and the CIAA. It has been said that the CIAA has become Charlotte's biggest annual event (think a classier version of Atlanta's Freaknik).

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Freaknik was an annual spring break meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, primarily of students from historically black colleges and universities.[1] Begun in 1982 as a small picnic near the Atlanta University Center, it was initially sponsored by the DC Metro Club [1] and was typically held during the third weekend in April to coincide with the schools of the Atlanta University Center's Reading Day. The event increased in size and popularity in the 1990s with dancing, drinking, parties, a basketball tournament, rap sessions, a film festival and a job fair.[2]In its heyday, the fest attracted upwards of 250,000 revelers to the city.
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At 190,000 fans, the CIAA is only 60,000 short of Freaknik's best days (keep in mind that Atlanta in the 90s was a much larger city than present day Charlotte). With that said, I would not be so quick to call the CIAA Charlotte's biggest event yet. That title is firmly held by Charlotte's Speed Street uptown.
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Located in the heart of Charlotte and a kick off for the Coca-Cola 600 weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Food Lion Speed Street delivers an unprecedented experience to an estimated 400,000 fans by means of live entertainment
600 FESTIVAL - Food Lion Speed Street

Still though, I am VERY proud of what Charlotte has done with the CIAA. This event was kinda small back when it was held in Winston, then in Raleigh. Charlotte has really made this event into a destination for party goers of ALL races (mostly black still, but all races are uptown enjoying this event from what I've seen). I hope the CIAA is here to stay for a long time!!!
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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Anything that brings in revenue to our city, I'm all for it! Let's push for better numbers in 2012.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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Still though, I am VERY proud of what Charlotte has done with the CIAA. This event was kinda small back when it was held in Winston, then in Raleigh. Charlotte has really made this event into a destination for party goers of ALL races (mostly black still, but all races are uptown enjoying this event from what I've seen). I hope the CIAA is here to stay for a long time!!!
The CIAA's last year in Raleigh/Durham attracting over 110,000 (2006 and growing)....definitely larger in Charlotte, and would imagine, if the event was still in Raleigh, it would be getting close to 150,000+. Been going to CIAA for years and the event was large in Raleigh.
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