City Welcomes Thousands of Visitors Downtown for Big 12 Basketball, Fun Run and Planet Comicon

City Welcomes Thousands of Visitors Downtown for Big 12 Basketball, Fun Run and Planet Comicon

Here’s helpful information on downtown street closures, parking and safety.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., welcomes residents and visitors alike to a wide variety of exciting activities taking place downtown this week, including the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championships at the Sprint Center from March 12-15; the Big 12 5K Fun Run and Family Stroll in the Power and Light District on March 15; and Planet Comicon at the Convention Center from March 14-16.

The Big 12 Championships will draw thousands of fans and has an estimated $9 million local economic impact. As such, the following streets will be closed during this event.

  • Grand Boulevard between 13th Street and Truman Road is closed now through Sunday, March 16 at 3 a.m.
  • 14th Street between Walnut Street and Grand Boulevard is closed now through Sunday, March 16 at 3 a.m.
  • Walnut Street between 13th and 14th Streets will close Tuesday, March 11 at 9 a.m. through Sunday, March 16 at midnight.
  • 14th Street between Walnut Street and Main Street will close Thursday, March 13 at 3 a.m. through Friday, March 14 at 11 p.m.

Please observe caution and seek alternate routes during this period. For more information about the tournament, street closures and parking garage maps, visit www.VisitKC.com/Big12Basketball.

The Big 12 5K Fun Run and Family Stroll will close the following streets Saturday, March 15 from about 10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • 13th Street between Grand Boulevard and Oak Street
  • Oak Street between 13th and 18th streets
  • 18th Street between Oak Street and Grand Boulevard
  • Grand Boulevard between 13th and 17th Streets and between 18th Street and Pershing Road
  • Pershing Road between Grand Boulevard and West Pennway Street
  • West Pennway Street/Broadway Boulevard between Pershing Road and 20th Street
  • 20th Street between Broadway Boulevard and Southwest Boulevard
  • Southwest Boulevard between 20th Street and Wyandotte Street
  • Wyandotte Street between Southwest Boulevard and 16th Street
  • 16th Street between Wyandotte Street and Grand Boulevard

Please observe caution and seek alternate routes during this time.

Planet Comicon is expected to draw nearly 20,000 people and has an estimated local economic impact of $4 million. While no streets will be closed, Central Street between 14th and 15th streets will have one lane closed from March 13-16. More information on Planet Comicon can be found at planetcomicon.wordpress.com.

Municipal garages charge $10 for event parking. As these facilities fill and motorists seek parking alternatives, they should carefully read posted signs at commercial parking lots and make certain they understand the pricing and terms.

As with any event, items such as mobile devices, purses and sunglasses are a temptation for thieves and should not be visible in parked cars.