NAIA men get ready for their national tournament close-up

As college basketball’s oldest national tournament, the 83rd annual NAIA Division I Men’s National Championship will begin its six-day run at Municipal Arena on Thursday, March 18. The tournament marks its 75th return to Downtown KC, dating back to 1937-1943; 1945-1975; and 2002-present.

The NAIA is comprised of nearly 300 accredited small colleges and universities in North America. The NAIA is headquartered in Downtown KC, just a short walk to the tournament site.

Described by The New York Times as “basketball paradise,” the NAIA national competition will host 16 teams in a 15-game, single-elimination format with the Champion being crowned on Tuesday, March 23.

Single-game tickets start as low as $20 per person and all-tournament passes begin at $90. Purchase tickets via TicketMaster, the Municipal Auditorium box office or by calling 816-513-5074. Capacity will be limited to 20% due to COVID-19 restrictions. All ticket groups will be socially distanced.

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Mark your calendar: Easter Egg-Venture is set for March 27

Resurrection Downtown will play host to the annual City-Wide Easter Egg Hunt in Downtown KC on Saturday, March 27.

The outdoor, socially-distanced event will take place on the beautiful south-eastern lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Families will walk through an interactive path full of “egg-citing” things to see and do; go on an egg hunt; and gather  special crafts, treats, and goodies along the way. You might even spy the Easter Bunny and some of his animal friends while there.

Save the date: 9-11 a.m. Saturday. March 27. Register here to let the Easter rabbit know you are coming.

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