The CIAA Tournament will run through February 28th at Time Warner Arena and various Uptown venues. The tournament is the third largest NCAA tournament, and generated over $30 million in revenue for Charlotte in 2008. It raises an estimated $2 million in scholarship funding for CIAA schools every year.
Despite economic conditions, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority does not expect diminished crowds; in fact, hotels remain sold out.
The tournament is expected to affect Uptown residents through increased traffic and activity. For more information, see the link above or this "At A Glance" information sheet.