Kansas City’s love affair with college basketball stands out more than ever during the month of March, as the city prepares to host postseason play for four organizations: the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), the Big 12 Conference, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Each tournament showcases the highest level of talent in their respective levels of play, as well as rabid fan bases ready to support their teams through the final possession. Tickets remain for all three events—but they sell out quickly.
Kansas City rolls out the red carpet every March, hosting more college basketball games than anywhere else in the country. In 2017, the total comes to 62 teams and 57 games in just 16 days.