Kansas City: Sports Central

Resident fans are passionate about their NFL, MLB, minor league, collegiate and youth teams, as well as NASCAR events.
By: Lisa Waterman Gray
Related To:

When it comes to sports, Kansas Citians are among the most enthusiastic and loyal fans around. And there are plenty of events — and teams — to cheer here, especially because two states comprise the metropolitan area.

Football

Nowhere is local sports pride more apparent than among Kansas City Chiefs fans, who scrounge for tickets even when the team is having an off season, make tailgating at home games a true art form, and wear team colors year-round.

Football mania continues as locals root for their favorite college teams. In Kansas City, that most often means the University of Kansas Jayhawks, the Kansas Sate Wildcats and the University of Missouri Tigers. Rivalries can be extremely intense among fans, and many homes fly flags with their college colors throughout the year.

Basketball

But the mania for college sports doesn’t end with football. College basketball has an enormous following here, with loyal fans who watch every game of the Big 12 championship series, and map out who they think will win on grids that show each upcoming contest, during 'March Madness.' Little wonder, given that James Naismith invented the game at the University of Kansas.

Nor is it surprising that the College Basketball Experience and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame were built in the new Sprint Center complex, which is part of Kansas City, Mo.’s recent urban core renaissance.

Baseball

Although they play ball on separate fields, the Kansas City Royals share the newly renovated Truman Sports Complex with the Chiefs, and the 'Boys in Blue' have plenty of fans too. Legendary players include George Brett and Frank White. Each year, opening day for the Royals draws a loyal crowd, including plenty of kids.

Since the franchise began, in 1993, the Kansas City T-Bones have also become a popular baseball team. 2008 Northern League Champions, the T-Bones play at Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan., in the exceptionally popular, recently developed Village West area.

Racing

Many Kansas Citians have long enjoyed watching NASCAR races at a distance. But ever since the Kansas Speedway opened in western Kansas City, Kan., NASCAR events have been minutes rather than hours away. And that makes auto-racing fans extremely happy.

Two years after the initial announcement that the speedway would be built, all 32 of the luxury suites were sold out, and fans watched their first race at the new facility in June 2001 — the inaugural running of the NASCAR Winston West Series Kansas 150 and ARCA RE/MAX Series BPU 200. Today, the Kansas Speedway hosts multiple major motor race events each year.

Soccer

For many youngsters who live in the metropolitan area, soccer is their sport of choice. In fact, soccer is so popular with elementary through high school students in Johnson County, Kan. (on the west side of the state line), that the Heartland Soccer Association represents approximately 600 teams, 11,000 youth players, 2,000 coaches and 300 referees, each season. And many families allocate hours of each weekend to playing, coaching or watching soccer.

If you like sports, Kansas City offers plenty of options and entertainment.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Kansas City Essentials

Go where the locals go for food, drinks, music and more.

Profile: Kansas City, Missouri

Get a brief overview of this Midwestern city that some call the Heart of America.

Kansas City: Like No Place Else

These events and attractions, from classic barbecue to magical holiday lights, make this Missouri city unique.

Local Life and Lore in Kansas City

Blend in with native Kansas Citians by picking up the local history and colloquialisms.

Why Hollywood Loves This Chicago Custom Furniture Maker

Owner James Murphy of Superior Custom Furniture Repair and Restoration mixes blockbuster films with local jobs.

Milwaukee Essentials

Need a midnight snack? A coffee fix? This visitor guide's got the goods.

St. Anthony Falls Historic District: The Heart of Minneapolis

Learn about one of Minneapolis's oldest and most intriguing areas.

Chicago Essentials

Discover the best places in Chicago for dining, shopping, meeting new people and more.

Profile: St. Louis, Missouri

Study up on the history, people, and culture of St. Louis.

Local Life and Lore in Milwaukee

Everything you need to know to eat, drink, and talk like a Milwaukee local.

On TV

9am | 8c
10am | 9c
11am | 10c
12pm | 11c
1pm | 12c
2pm | 1c
3pm | 2c
4pm | 3c
5pm | 4c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Log Cabin Fever

8pm | 7c

Top GAC Shows

Flea Market Flip

Sundays at 8|7c

Living Alaska

Mondays at 9|8c

Top 20 Countdown

Consult Program Guide

Flippin' RVs

Wednesdays 9|8c

Get Social With Us

Let's explore this country together.