KC, KC, KC! Big 12 announces future championships sites

 It’s staying — for now, at least.

 With a blast of needed good news for Iowa State (and Kansas and Kansas State) men’s basketball fans, the Big 12 Conference announced Thuursday the Sprint Center will remain the site for the men’s hoops tournament through at least 2020.

 "We look forward to growing the success of our men’s basketball championship in Kansas City, while also exposing fans throughout our footprint to our postseason competitions,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. 

 See the full release from the Big 12, below:

 IRVING, Texas — The Big 12 is excited to announce its championship schedule for the 2015-16 academic year.  The Conference has also awarded multi-year agreements in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball.   

Sprint Center in Kansas City will host the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship each year from 2017 – 2020.  Pending final negotiations, the women’s basketball championship is slated for Oklahoma City in 2017, ‘18 and ‘19.  The baseball championship will also remain in Oklahoma pending final negotiations, with competition taking place in Oklahoma City from 2017-2020.

 “We are thrilled to announce the future sites for the championships,” noted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.  “Every city that submitted a bid did a phenomenal job – making our decision very difficult.  We look forward to growing the success of our men’s basketball championship in Kansas City, while also exposing fans throughout our footprint to our postseason competitions.”

The agreement to continue in Kansas City will extend it to 11 consecutive years that Sprint Center has hosted the men’s basketball championship.  It has been a sellout in each of the past two seasons and has averaged crowds of more than 18,000 every time it has been held at Sprint Center, including the third-largest session attendance average in Big 12 history in 2014. 

The decision to play the women’s basketball championship in Oklahoma City in 2016 had previously been awarded, with the site now earning the event through the 2019 campaign.  The conclusion of this agreement will see the number of times Oklahoma City has hosted the women’s basketball championship increased to seven, including a conference-record average attendance in 2007 (8,165).

The baseball championship returns to OKC in 2016 after a one-year hiatus.  The four additional years awarded will increase the total to 21 times that the venue has hosted the baseball event.  Four of the top six attendance totals in Big 12 history have come at the venue.

Fifteen different sites will host Big 12 Championships in 2015-16, including two at neutral sites for the first time.  Wrestling will move to Sprint Center, while gymnastics will take place at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

    2015-16 Big 12 Championship Schedule

    Date                                        Sport                                           Venue                                                                      Location                                   

    October 31, 2015                      Cross Country                             OSU Cross Country Course                                     Stillwater, Oklahoma

    November 4, 6, 8, 2015          Soccer                                        Swope Soccer Village                                            Kansas City, Missouri

    February 24-27, 2016              Swimming & Diving                    Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center           Austin, Texas

    February 26-27, 2016             Indoor Track & Field                  Lied Recreation-Athletic Facility                           Ames, Iowa

    March 4-7, 2016                     Women’s Basketball                   Chesapeake Energy Arena                                     Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    March 5-6, 2016                     Wresting                                     Sprint Center                                                          Kansas City, Missouri

    March 9-12, 2016                    Men’s Basketball                        Sprint Center                                                          Kansas City, Missouri

    March 19, 2016                       Gymnastics                                 Dr Pepper Arena                                                     Frisco, Texas

    March 25-26, 2016                 Equestrian                                   Animal Science Arena                                            Stillwater, Oklahoma

    April 22 – 24, 2016                  Women’s Golf                              The Dominion Country Club                                   San Antonio, Texas

    April 28 – May 1, 2016             Tennis                                         Greenwood Tennis Center                                      Stillwater, Oklahoma

    April 29 – May 1, 2016             Men’s Golf                                   Whispering Pines Golf Club                                    Trinity, Texas

    May 13-15, 2016                       Outdoor Track & Field                Lowdon Track & Field Complex                             Fort Worth, Texas

    May 14-15, 2016                       Rowing                                        Melton Hill Lake                                                     Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    May 25-29, 2016                     Baseball                                      Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark                              Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



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