November 16th Championship in Salem Includes Free Fan Zone and Coca-Cola/Food Lion Cookoff 
CIAA Cross Country and Volleyball titles also awarded in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

2019 CIAA Football Championship - Salem, Virginia 

Charlotte, NC (September 20, 2019) – The best football teams from the North and South Divisions of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s first African American athletic conference, will face off on Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET when the conference hosts the 2019 CIAA Football Championship game at Salem Stadium in Salem, VA.

The gridiron clash is just one of the festivities being held in Virginia’s Blue Ridge in celebration of this year’s conference football crown and the NCAA’s nationwide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of college football.  The area is also home to the CIAA Cross Country and Volleyball Championships this fall.

Family-friendly activities linked to the football finale include – a free Fan Zone featuring the mouth-watering Coca-Cola/Food Lion Tailgate Cook Off; giveaways, interactive events; high-stepping marching bands battling for bragging rights, and appearances from the always crowd favorite cheerleading squads. 

Advance general admission tickets to the Football Championship are $15 while advance reserved tickets are $25. Both are available now at Special rates for students with school IDs will be available the day of the event for $10.  Admission for children ages 7 and under is free. Tickets are also available at the Salem Civic Center Box Office (Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm, and Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm. 

Parking is free, and fans are encouraged to begin their tailgating festivities at 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 16, 2019.  The free Fan Zone is open from Noon – 2 p.m. for family friendly fun and gates open at 2 p.m. for the Championship game. 

The CIAA Cross Country Championships take place October 24th at Salem’s Green Hill Park while the Volleyball Championship semifinals and finals are slated for November 22 and 24, respectively, at the Salem Civic Center.

About the CIAA

Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first, and longest running, African American athletic conference in the U.S. and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. In 2020, the conference celebrates the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament - an event that has become a must-see in the African-American community.  Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. Chowan University is an associate member in football and women’s bowling.  For more information on the CIAA, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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