The Big 12 Conference and Kansas City have built a strong relationship when it comes to the conference’s basketball tournaments.
The Missouri city has been the site for the men’s basketball tournament since 2010 and with a recent extension, it will remain there until at least 2027. The women’s tournament returned to the area in 2020, and also is extended until 2027.
“Kansas City’s long affiliation with the Big 12 Conference entered an exciting new chapter in 2020 when we welcomed the women’s tournament back to Kansas City,” said Kathy Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Visit KC. “Our city’s passion for basketball is on full display during the Big 12 Basketball Championships and we could not be more excited to continue our tradition of excellence when hosting these tournaments.”
In 2022, the Phillips 66 men’s tournament was played at T-Mobile Center, where crowds have averaged almost 18,000 people each year. The women’s tournament took place at Municipal Auditorium, which recorded the highest number of attendees for the women’s basketball quarterfinals since 2013.
“Kansas City has been a valued partner, showcasing a true dedication to making these tournaments the best postseason basketball event in the country,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “As we prepare to welcome four new schools in the coming years, I’m confident Kansas City will continue to deliver a first-class championship experience for our athletes, administrators, fans and partners.”