The CIAA has announced that Baltimore will now be the official home of the  2021-2023 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. The city beats out Charlotte, NC, and Norfolk, VA who were among the finalists.

The city and the athletic conference made up of smaller historically black colleges and universities, including Bowie State University in Maryland, announced Tuesday that the CIAA will move its popular men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to Baltimore for three years.

The week-long event could provide a huge economic boost from up to 150,000 people attending games, shows, reunions, and forums.

For the CIAA, the move offers an opportunity to reinvigorate an event held in its home city of Charlotte since 2006, while reaching out to member school alumni in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

“There are a lot of fans and alumni in the Northeast, and they’ve been coming south for a long time,” said Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA commissioner. “This provides an opportunity for them, it provides an opportunity to Baltimore and it will engage new fans.”

Charlotte has hosted the tournament for the last 13 years. The tournament will be in the city for 2019 and 2020. This is the first new location for the tournament since 2005. The tournament has been held in Washington, D.C., Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia, and Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is the 74th year of the prestigious tournament highlighting some of the nation’s top Division II schools, which include Bowie State, Claflin University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State, Fayetteville State, Johnson C. Smith, Lincoln University (Pa.), Livingston College, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University, Virginia State, Virginia Union and Winston-Salem State.

The league has produced some of the greatest Black college basketball players over the years such as Hall of Famers, Earl Monroe, Earl Loyd, Sam Jones, Bobby Dandridge, and Rick Mahorn along with Charles Oakley and Ben Wallace.