Monday, January 23, 2017

CIAA close to having deal for championship football game

SALEM, Virginia -- There is a chance the CIAA could sign a three-year deal with Salem, Virginia for the city to host its football championship game.

While no announcement has been made yet by the CIAA, the city and the conference have been in talks.

“We did meet with Salem representatives a couple of weeks ago to recap the 2016 football championship and discuss future opportunities,” Bri Funte, an assistant commissioner in the CIAA who runs strategic communication, said in an e-mail. “However, there is no currently signed agreement.”

The championship game was moved out of Durham a month before last November’s game because of the controversy surrounding the HB2 law. The CIAA was impressed with the way the game went at the Salem Football Stadium, which has a scenic view, artificial turf, and more than enough parking.

After the game, won by Winston-Salem State 43-33 over Bowie State, commissioner Jacqie McWilliams of the CIAA and administrators from both schools raved about the facilities.


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