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Durham, NC (March 29, 2023) – The Durham Sports Commission, a leader in supporting and promoting positive economic and social impact through sporting events, is proud to announce the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s (CIAA) 2023 Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at Durham County Memorial Stadium on May 5-6.

This will marks the 100th time the CIAA has crowned a men’s champion and the 43rd anniversary of the women’s championship. The competing teams and athletes will be announced in April.

“We are thrilled to bring the CIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to Durham in 2023,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent and dedication of our student-athletes and to celebrate their hard work on the track. We look forward to working with the Durham Sports Commission, as well as the Durham community to make this event a success and to create a memorable experience for everyone involved.”

The 8,500-seat Durham County Memorial Stadium, originally built in 1958 and extensively renovated in 2010 to include the Tommy Hunt Press Box, expanded concourses and updated team spaces, has long been home to exciting events in Durham. Just this past December, the Durham Sports Commission hosted a thrilling NAIA Football National Championship in the stadium.

“We are honored to partner with the CIAA and Durham County Memorial Stadium in hosting the 2023 Outdoor Track and Field Championships here in Durham,” said Durham Sports Commission Deputy Director Kaila’Shea Menendez. “This event is not only a chance to showcase our exceptional facilities but also an opportunity to highlight the unique character and culture of our city. We look forward to welcoming the athletes, coaches, and fans to Durham and providing them with an unforgettable experience.”

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About Durham Sports Commission 

The Durham Sports Commission (DSC) is a collaboration of the City of Durham, the County of Durham, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and Discover Durham. The DSC was established in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) with a mission to create economic and social impact by leading the community’s efforts to attract, support, and promote youth, amateur, collegiate, and professional sporting and recreational events and is operated by Discover Durham. The DSC provides leadership for sports-based initiatives and creates positive economic impact and quality of life in Durham and the surrounding region. Be sure to follow the DSC on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to keep up with all sports-related news in Durham, NC, and other announcements.

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 celebrated the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament – an event that has become a must-see in the African American community. The Basketball Tournament has been honored as a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, for both 2018 and 2019. 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.