The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament was already scheduled to stay in the Sprint Center in Kansas City until 2014. Apparently the Big 12 appreciates both the arena and the response of the greater community since they recently announced an extension on that agreement to keep it here another two years until 2016.
“This is great news not only for KU and our fans, but also for the Big 12 Conference," said Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger. "Kansas City has been a terrific site for postseason basketball for many, many years. It’s been my experience that the fans of all Big 12 schools enjoy coming to Kansas City, not only because of the basketball and the great arena, but also because of the surrounding environment that allows for so many enjoyable social activities. We’re biased because it’s so good for our fans, but we think Kansas City is the best site for this tournament.”
"We are glad to see the Big 12 Championship extended in Kansas City," added KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self. "It’s good for us, but I think it’s good for the entire Big 12, too. Our fans are close, the College Basketball Hall of Fame is great and the Sprint Center is a first-class facility. Kansas City does a great job and makes it enjoyable for the student-athletes and fans. They did that with the Big Eight way back and carry that on with the Big 12 today."
The deal was decided during the recent Big 12 spring business meetings.