Downtown will welcome thousands of basketball fans as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s & Women's Basketball Championship returns to Kansas City March 11-15. Check back closer to Championship week to see all street closures in downtown Kansas City around this event.
Big 12 Parking & Street Closures
There are approximately 40,000 parking spaces in Downtown Kansas City, and even more throughout the metro. To find parking near Sprint Center and Big 12 Championship festivities, view our Downtown Kansas City Parking Map.
Click and Park - Reserve your parking spot
Click and Park is a new reservation system that allows you to prepay for parking in Kansas City’s municipal garages. Visit kcmo.clickandpark.com to check available parking inventory in downtown KC. Once you’ve pre-paid for your parking, just print off your parking pass and you’re good to go.
Metered parking along streets is available in many parts of the city. Download the city of Kansas City's new parking app Parkmobile to pay for your metered parking directly from your phone. The Parkmobile app can be used for any of the City’s 1,500 parking meters.
Parking Along the Streetcar Route
Parking along the new streetcar route is also allowed but vehicles must park within the painted white lines along the route. This means that every portion of the vehicle, including the side mirrors, must be inside the painted white lines. This is to ensure that the streetcar has clearance to run along the tracks without any interference. Since a streetcar cannot swerve, it cannot move out of the way of parked vehicles. Vehicles should also never park on the streetcar tracks. Find out more at kcstreetcar.org.
Getting Around Downtown
In an effort to ease traffic congestion, locals and out-of-town visitors are encouraged to use the following convenient ways to access Downtown. The Kansas City Police Department reminds fans to lock vehicles and stow valuables when cars are unattended.
Sit or stand while you ride through the heart of Downtown KC. The 2.2 mile route along Main Street connects the River Market to Union Station/Crown Center with 16 stops along the way.
METRO AREA EXPRESS (MAX)
The MAX will run every 8-10 minutes throughout the Championship, and the Main Street line will be temporarily rerouted for the duration of the event. For further information as well as route maps of the Main and Troost lines, visit ridekc.org or call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
From Wed.-Sat. of Big 12 Championship Week taxi lanes will be available on the south lane of 13th Street between Oak and Grand. Taxis will be queued up and ready in the evenings to help patrons make it home safe.
Bike sharing is fully automated and self-service. Stations are spread throughout Downtown KC and the River Market neighborhood. Simply swipe your member card or credit card and a bike will be automatically unlocked for you. Once you reach your destination, just dock the bike at the nearest kiosk.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri has partnered with Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer car share options around the city. Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or by the day and are parked in designated spots for pick-up and drop-off. The cars can be accessed in minutes by downloading the mobile app or signing up on Zipcar’s website.
Due to traffic congestion related to these closures, city officials encourage drivers to allow for extra time when traveling through downtown.