Tournament Information

The competition will host 32 teams in a 31-game, single-elimination format. The field of participants includes 17 automatic qualifiers, one host berth and 14 at-large bids. View the schedule here. 2019 will be the 82nd edition of the tournament.


Tickets are still available. Single-game tickets start as low as $20 per person and all-tournament passes begin at $90. Purchase tickets here, the Municipal Auditorium box office or by calling 816-595-8127.


Special Events

Special events include Meet the Players at Children's Mercy Park, home of Sporting KC in Kansas City, Kan. (March 19), and DST Family Fun Day (March 23). Returning in 2019 is the NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam—a three-point and dunk contest, presented by U.S. Bank, on March 23 at 4 p.m.

Municipal Auditorium

NAIA History

Kicked off in 1937, the competition is college basketball’s longest running tournament. KC saw its fair share of history, as well. In 1957, Tennessee State became the first historically black college to win a national college basketball championship.

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