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By Kristen Shipley, Special Correspondent

 Fans can expect much more than basketball in Charlotte at the 2017 CIAA Tournament with performances from artists like 2 Chainz, Migos, and Anthony Hamilton, among others.party pic

 As the third largest basketball tournament on the East Coast and home to 12 HBCUs, the CIAA draws celebrities and a large crowd for a lively night scene.

“The CIAA tournament brings in over $55 million in revenue and over 150,000 visitors to Queen City,” reported David Squires for The Undefeated.

 Parties are part of this revenue as they provide a chance to network and encourage the social and fun nature of the CIAA Tournament.

The conference provides exposure and attention for artists, comedians, musicians and entertainers. Events feature artists that appeal to different generations. BJ The Chicago Kid, En Vogue, and Chubb are set to perform at the Spectrum Center during the tournament.

 After the tournaments, fans of all ages can enjoy Charlotte nightlife at one of the many parties downtown and in the surrounding area. Party-goers can check EventBrite,  for tickets to parties Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26 featuring stars like 2 Chainz, Migos, Nas, Gucci Mane, Young MA and Anthony Hamilton.

 “It's An Experience for Everyone!” wrote the CIAA about the tournament events.

Before going out, keep in mind the following advice and safety tips:

  • Buy tickets in advance, so you can secure one before they sell out.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Plan to have a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft.
  • Dress appropriately. Some clubs have dress codes, such as ladies must heels or men cannot wear sneakers.
  • Travel in a group. Parties often end late and you do not want to out alone, especially women and young people.
  • Arrive early. Because many people will be in town, lines will be long. Make sure you get into the club before they reach capacity.
  • Bring your ID and cash. You will need your ID if you want to consume alcohol, and cash could come in handy for drinks, tips and emergencies.
  • Check location. Make sure you know what club you are going to so that you can plan for travel time and know the area you will be in.
  • Eat first. Because most clubs close late, many restaurants may be closed, and depending on the location of the club, there may not be places to eat close by. Eating will also prevent severe sickness from the consumption of alcohol.

 For party/event listings check out the following sites:

CIAA Tournament Tickets: http://www.ciaatournament.org/tickets

 Kristen Shipley is a junior Public Relations major at N. C. A&T State University. She writes for LinkedIn as a Campus Editor. Her work has been featured on Blavity and The York Daily Record. She aspires to work in marketing within the tech industry and do freelance writing.

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