A guide to Kansas City for the thousands of basketball fans attending tournaments
If you don’t like your museum trips to make you sweat, you might want to think twice about visiting The College Basketball Experience in downtown Kansas City.
It’s not that the thermostat is set too high. It’s just impossible to get through the facility without tossing, jumping, passing, running, dunking, or shooting a basketball.
In fact lockers are available for a change of clothes.
Standing at the foul line with fans heckling you, dunking the ball no matter your height, or hitting last second shots are among the high-energy, truly interactive experiences in the facility (it’s hard to call it just a museum). Squeaky tennis shoes and kids competing in three-on-three games fills the air with enough noise to make you think you’re at a YMCA on Saturday morning.
The College Basketball Experience sits in the middle of a city that is arguably the greatest place in the country for college basketball and March Madness.
Before the month is over, thousands of basketball fans will attend tournaments including the MIAA, NAIA, and the Big 12 Tournament.
The CBE offers something for everybody. Just how big were Wilt Chamberlain’s shoes? What is the wing-span of a college player? Have you ever wanted to sit behind the anchor desk on the ESPN set? Ever wanted to listen in on a coach’s pep talk in the locker room before the big game? It’s all part of The Experience.
For basketball fans who want to pay homage to the coaches and players who have excited people for generations, the CBE offers plenty of displays and multimedia kiosks throughout the facility, including the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
The MIAA championship begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at Municipal Auditorium. The Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament begins March 12 at the Sprint Center. Just days later, the NAIA tournament begins March 19 and runs through March 25 at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City.
I’m sweating already!
The College Basketball Experience opened in 2007 and is adjacent to The Sprint Center in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. The facility is divided into four sections: The Entry Experience, The Fan Experience, Half Time, and the Hall of Honor. Hours at the CBE are usually extended during tournament time so check their website for time and ticket prices.
Cue up screaming fan noise and slowly fade to silence …
Parking in downtown Kansas City will require a lot of patience on the part of fans. There are many private lots within walking distance of the venues and many vary in price. Be prepared to bring cash and pay as much as $40 to park in some lots. Also look for public parking garages.
4 tips to parking in downtown downtown. Click here for a map.
Kansas City launches mobile payment app to be used with parking meters. Click here for details and link to the app.
Getting around with public transportation:
Metro Area Express (MAX) Public Transportation
Once parked, basketball fans can easily move along the Main Street corridor from the River Market, through downtown, past Union Station, and Crown Center, and on to the Country Club Plaza. The cost is $1.50 collected on board. Check their website for more information.
The JO — or the Johnson County Transit — is a bus service that serves Johnson County and Kansas City metro. Click here for their website.
Flying in or out of Kansas City International Airport or have to pick someone up at the airport. Here is a link to their website.
The Big 12 GameDay Street Festival
Bring your game face to Big 12 GameDay presented by Phillips 66. Big 12 GameDay is an interactive experience with attractions open to all fans. Events will take place March 12 through 15 on Grand Street outside the Sprint Center during the Big 12 Tournament.
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Basketball Tournaments Scheduled in Kansas City this year
2014 MIAA Basketball Tournament
March 6 through 9
Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship
NAIA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship