Getting Around

Downtown welcomes athletes, officials and fans as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s & Women's Basketball Championships return to Kansas City, March 9-13. 

Parking

Parking Downtown for Big 12 Tournament

There are approximately 40,000 parking spaces in Downtown Kansas City, and even more throughout the metro. To find parking near T-Mobile Center and Municipal Auditorium, view our Downtown Kansas City Parking Map

ParkSmartKC

ParkSmartKC allows you to prepay for parking in Kansas City’s municipal garages. Download the City of Kansas City's ParkSmartKC app to reserve your garage parking or pay for your metered parking directly from your phone. The ParkSmartKC app can be used for any of the city’s 1,500 parking meters.

 

 

Parking Along the Streetcar Route

Parking along the KC Streetcar line 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 accordance with federal regulations, face masks are required on all public transportation through March 18, 2022.

Kansas City Streetcar

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.

KC Streetcar

With extended hours for the Big 12 Basketball Championships, ride from the steps of T-Mobile Center and Municipal Auditorium through the heart of Kansas City’s Downtown along the 2.2-mile Streetcar route.

Metro Area Express (MAX)

Riding Kansas City's rapid bus transit line is now free due to the City of KCMO's zero-fare agreement.

Providing convenient service for fans, the Main MAX bus route will run every 30 minutes during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The line will be temporarily rerouted. Northbound buses from Crown Center at Pershing & Grand, Westport, and the Country Club Plaza via Broadway will stop at 12th Street & Grand Blvd. Southbound buses from 3rd Street & Grand Blvd. in the River Market will stop at 11th Street & Grand Blvd.

For further information and route maps for the Main, Troost and Prospect lines, visit ridekc.org or call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

RideKC Bike

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.

Zipcar

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.

Visit KC Visitor Center

A short walk from both T-Mobile Center and Municipal Auditorium, as well as many Downtown KC hotels, the newly opened Visit KC Visitor Center at 1241 Main St. offers resources for making the most of your time in the Heart of America from a team of Kansas City experts. The Visitor Center can also be reached easily via the KC Streetcar, just steps away from the Metro Center stop.

Visit during the Big 12 Basketball Championships:

Tuesday, March 8 to Saturday, March 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Street Closures

Fan Fest on Grand

Please be advised that fan fests and other Championship activities will close the following streets/lanes: 

  • Grand Boulevard (between 13th St. and Truman Rd.): closed starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 7, through 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. 
  • Oak Street (between 13th Ter. and Truman Rd. North Dr.): limited to two lanes starting at NOON on Wednesday, March 9, through 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. 
  • 14th Street (between Main and Walnut Sts.): closed starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, March 7, through midnight on Sunday, March 13. There will be valet access to 14th between Main and Walnut during the closure.
  • 14th Street (between Walnut St. and Grand Blvd.): closed starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, March 7, through 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. 
  • Walnut Street (between 13th St. and Truman Rd.): closed starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, March 7, through 6 a.m. on Monday, March 14. 
  • Truman Road (from Oak St. to Walnut St., including the Grand Boulevard Bridge) will be limited to one lane starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 7, through 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.
  • Residents and guests of Two Light apartments will have access to the building’s garage throughout the event.

 

In addition, Kansas City’s Big 12 Run will close the following streets on Saturday, March 12, on a rolling basis starting at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the race (approximately 10:30 a.m.) Traffic will be allowed to cross the race route when deemed safe to do so by KCPD. The course map can be found at big12run.com.

  • Grand Blvd. between 8th and 13th Sts.
  • 8th St. between Grand Blvd. and Holmes St.
  • Holmes St. between 8th and 18th Sts.
  • 18th St. between Holmes St. and Grand Blvd.
  • Grand Blvd. between Truman Rd. and 18th St.
  • Truman Rd. between Oak St. and Grand Blvd.
  • Oak St. between 9th St. and Truman Rd.
  • 9th St. between Grand Blvd. and Oak St.

 

Not included in this list are streets closed or impacted by construction.