A bit of everything Saturday at the CIAA

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 28, 2014 

  • Saturday at the CIAA

    Basketball ... The women’s final is at 5 p.m. and the men’s final is at 8:30 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are still available and will be on sale at the door.

    NASCAR event ... Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who drives on the NASCAR Truck series, will appear from 1 to 2 p.m. at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children (ages 5-12), and free to children 4 and younger.

    Toyota Fan Experience ... Admission is free to this event, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center. Doug E. Fresh will appear in concert at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., and Monica will perform at 6:30 p.m.

    Parties ... There are dozens of parties around town. You can find a schedule at http://events.charlotteobserver.com/charlotte_nc/events/ciaa+2014.

    Getting around town ... It will be tougher to find parking spots in the uptown-area lots, especially Saturday night. Consider parking south of Charlotte and using the light rail line to get into Center City. Meanwhile, the Gold Rush Red Line service will be extended to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and McDowell Street.

Basketball, concerts, step teams, the Miss CIAA competition and even a bit of stock car racing will be part of Saturday’s schedule as the CIAA tournament comes to an end.

The tournament’s champions will be crowned in the women’s title game at 5 p.m. and the men’s at 8:30 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. But as has been the case all week, there will be much more to the CIAA experience in Charlotte than just basketball.

The Miss CIAA event, sponsored by Food Lion, is set for 11 a.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena, with no admission charge.

The CIAA Stepshow, featuring step teams from the conference’s member schools, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center.

And Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race in 50 years, will appear at the NASCAR Hall of Fame from 1 to 2 p.m.

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