Kansas City sports is more than the big four

When you think about Kansas City sports, you think about the big ones: Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC or NASCAR at the Kansas Speedway.  It’s easy to remember these, especially the Royals who are on fire right now.  But there are so many other sporting events happening in Kansas City this fall you can support!

Figure SkatingThis fall, college sports invades the city with an opportunity to watch some of the top athletes in the U.S.  The Southwestern Regional Figure Skating Championship will kick-off on October 3 at the Independence Events Center.  This is one of nine regionals around the U.S. where each top four finishers at each level in each discipline will earn a berth to the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  What a great opportunity to witness live potential Olympic athletes.  Click here for more information about the event.

The big local running event for October is the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds on Saturday, October 17.  This is the second largest marathon in Missouri and brings over $8 million of economic impact to the city.  This year, people are coming from 48 states and 14 different countries to participate.  A free Health & Fitness Expo is open to the public October 15 and 16.

Big12 SoccerWhy not have a block party on your street and cheer on the participants as you grill some food.  Maybe have a few goofy signs to make them smile and give them energy to get to the next mile.  Click here for more information and to register to participate or to be a volunteer.

November is the start of soccer championships in Kansas City.  The Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship is back at Swope Soccer Village November 4, 6 and 8.  If you are a soccer fan, then this is the event to attend.  Kansas City is Big 12 Country and it’s great to have this event back for the third year in a row.  The following week is the Men’s Soccer WAC Championship with UMKC.  Visit their website for more information about this event.

DII FootballBut wait, we aren’t done with soccer.  Heading into December, Swope Soccer Village hosts the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship for the second year in a row on December 4 and 5.  I’m sure this year will be just as exciting as last year’s competition.  The next weekend we head across the state line to Sporting Park where the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship will be held on December 11 and 13.  A week later Sporting Park will transform and host the NCAA Division II Football Championship on Saturday, December 19.  The game starts at 3 p.m. and tickets will be available on Friday, October 16.

To mix things up in November, the USA Fencing North American Cup will be calling Bartle Hall home from November 13-16.  Top fencing athletes will be competing for top prizes.  What an interesting sport that hasn’t made an appearance in Kansas City for years.  Bring the kids and introduce them to a new sport.  Click here for more information.

CBE_Hall_of_Fame_Classic_Sprint_CenterIf you are a University of Missouri fan, you better get tickets now for November 14 as they take on BYU Football at Arrowhead.  How exciting to see Mizzou back in Kansas City.  Make sure to get the grill out and tailgate before the game.  Just five days later the Volleyball WAC Championship will take place November 19-21 at UMKC.  The UMKC team has been nationally ranked and this tournament should be very exciting.

To mix things up, and get you ready for March Madness, secure your seats for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center November 23 and 24.  Great way to kick-off the Thanksgiving week watching Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern taking the court.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Make sure to fit one or several of these events into your schedule this fall season.

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By Marla Hanover, Communications & Social Media Manager