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Downtown welcomes Big 12 tournaments back to the Big Town

The return of the Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to the T-Mobile Center and Municipal Auditorium this week marks a milestone for Downtown. A year ago each tournament was cancelled by the Big 12 Conference, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country.

The 2021 Big 12 men’s tournament opened Wednesday at the T-Mobile Arena and continues with semi-final games today (Friday) and the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Big 12 women’s tournament opened Thursday at Municipal Auditorium and continues on Friday, Saturday and the championship game at noon Sunday. Tickets are available to the women’s tournament via Ticketmaster. The men’s games are sold out.

“The Big 12 Tournament has been such a tradition in Kansas City and it’s something we look forward to at the Power & Light District,” Rachel Waller, marketing director, told CitySceneKC.com. “But all businesses, including KC Live, will following the health department guidelines.”

KC Live! is welcoming fans to the Big 12 basketball tournaments this week, but like the events themselves, each is following pandemic health guidelines and won’t host the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of previous years. Attendance at T-Mobile Arena, for example, will be limited to 20 percent of capacity, about 3,800 seats.

Click here to learn more about each tournament.


Downtown Dish serves weekly podcast series on local dining scene

The Downtown Dish is movin’ on up!  The Dish is now serving a weekly podcast on the local dining scene in partnership with The Pitch Podcast Network.

The Dish is dedicated to covering the Downtown dining, drinking and shopping scenes. It is made possible by the Downtown Council, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the KC Streetcar and Lynchpin Ideas. This week’s episode – as well as each of the 33 previous chapters – is available right here or wherever you download podcasts.

Be sure to connect with the Downtown Dish, hosted by Katy Schamberger, @DowntownDishKC on FB, IG and Twitter to stay up-to-date on dining and drinking options – including outdoor dining and carryout choices – around the greater Downtown area.

And be sure to check out the Dish’s new theme song Downtown written and created by local musician They Call Me Sauce. Providing soulful and empowering tunes, Kansas City native, Sauce, guarantees a live performance that will inspire any and everyone. On top of being a go-to voice for the region, and having music that has peaked on iTunes, Amazon, and Billboard charts, Sauce works with local youth through Hip-Hop based initiatives.