Hoops action is here in Kansas City! Here are 12 things basketball fans need to know before following your team to #KC.
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship returns to Kansas City for an unprecedented 13th time, March 12-15. Having hosted the hoops championship more than any other city, KC is no stranger to entertaining Big 12 fans. Before you pack up the foam fingers and follow your team to Kansas City, here’s a look at what’s in store for Championship Week. For more information, visit the Official Fan Information Site.
Six Tips for Basketball Fans
1. Be a part of the game day atmosphere
The official fan fest, Big 12 GameDay presented by Phillips 66, will be located just outside Sprint Center on Grand Boulevard. The free, interactive experience will feature basketball challenges, music, mascots, autograph opportunities and promotional giveaways from the conference’s corporate partners. Go to our Official Fan Information Site for the schedule!
2. Mix and mingle with other basketball fans at P&L
Just across the street from the Championship action at Sprint Center is the Kansas City Power & Light District—eight blocks of restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues. All week long, basketball fans can enjoy free live entertainment during the district’s Miller Lite Basketball Fan Fest. Cheer on your favorite teams at pep rallies inside KC Live!—the open-air venue inside the district. Check out the Kansas City Power & Light Distict’s website for a complete schedule of live entertainment.
3. Take your spirit to the streets
Kansas City’s Big 12 5K Fun Run & Family Stroll will take place on Saturday, March 15. Set in the heart of Big 12 Country, the 5K course will wind around downtown Kansas City through the Power & Light District. The overall male and female winners will receive $1,000 in free gas from Phillips 66 and be recognized at the Championship final.
4. Test your skills at a hoops hall of fame
Rev up your basketball weekend at The College Basketball Experience. Named one of the nation’s top five interactive museums by Wired magazine, this hands-on facility recreates the intensity of a college basketball game—from foul-line hecklers to last-second buzzer beaters. Show your Big 12 ticket to save $2 on admission. For a schedule of extended March hours, go to CollegeBasketballExperience.com.
5. Root on your school’s barbecue team
New to the festivities in the Power & Light District this year is Kansas City’s Big 12 BBQ U. The inaugural barbecue competition will pit contestants from each school against each other in a showdown for barbecue bragging rights on Friday, March 14. Come down and cheer on your school’s contestants as they battle to take home the grand prize—the title of Kansas City’s Big 12 BBQ U Grand Champion.
6. Score with social media
Join the college hoops conversation online and you could walk away a winner. Use the Championship’s official hashtags, #BIG12MBB and #KC, to be eligible to win great prizes from the Big 12 Conference and the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association. Learn more by following @VisitKC online.
Six More Things to Check Out!
No one does basketball like Kansas City, the College Basketball Capital of America. In fact, during the month of March, KC hosts more college basketball games than anywhere else in the country—a whopping 58 teams and 54 games in just 15 days. But there’s a whole lot more to this vibrant city than just hoops. Read more