CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Abraham Mitchell is more commonly known at Time Warner Cable Arena as Mr. CIAA.
Mitchell said he originally started attending the CIAA tournament with his nephew wearing a shirt and tie.
“So one day I decided to wear a suit the color of the school,” Mitchell said.
And that’s how the tradition started.
“Everyone seemed to like it. Now every time I go to a game I dress in the school colors,” Mitchell said.
He changes suits for each team so there are several wardrobe changes throughout the day.
Sometimes it can be as many as four times a day.
Many folks attending the games look forward to seeing Mitchell and often ask him to pose for a picture with them.
“One lady came from Paris and said, ‘I’m definitely going to get a picture with you to take back,'” Mitchell said.
Most of his suits are custom made, sometimes even made by Mitchell himself.
You can see Mitchell Friday at the two women’s semifinal games at Time Warner Cable Arena and the men’s semifinal games in the evening.