KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City is preparing for another Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center. Thousands of fans will be pouring into the city, which means congestion is likely.
Kansas City, Missouri drivers will start seeing road closures Monday morning, and those closures will expand as the week goes on. Kansas City officials said there may be alterations to road closures and detours based on traffic through the tournament.
MONDAY CLOSURES: (10 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday)
Grand Boulevard between 13th and Truman Road
14th St. between Walnut Street and Grand
Truman Road between Oak Street and Walnut
Grand Boulevard Bridge
TUESDAY CLOSURES: (9 a.m. to midnight Sunday)
14th St. between Main St. and Walnut
Walnut St. between 13th and Truman
SATURDAY CLOSURES: (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Kansas City's Big 12 Run)
Grand Boulevard, between Eighth and 12th streets and between Truman and Gillham Road
Eighth Street, between Grand and Holmes Street
Holmes Street, between Eighth and 18th Street and between 30th and 31st streets
Truman Road, between Holmes and Woodland Avenue and Grand and Oak Street
Woodland Avenue, between Truman and 18th
18th Street, between Woodland and Highland Avenue and between Holmes and Grand
The city also has a way for you to reserve your parking spot in advance in some parking garages. It's called Click and Park, and it allows you to prepay for parking in Kansas City's municipal garages. Just make sure to print off your parking pass before you head out.
If finding parking downtown sounds too daunting, you can park elsewhere and ride on the KC Streetcar. It's the first year the streetcar will be operating during the Big 12 tournament. You can hop on at Union Station, Crossroads or the City Market and hop off at Power & Light at 14th and Main. The streetcar is free.
You can also find the map on your mobile device by downloading KC Street Track. The app costs about a dollar. It will show the directions of the streetcars and their movement, number of streetcars on the route and other alerts that may be beneficial to riders. At this time it does not show real time arrival information.
To see where the KC Streetcar is at any given moment you can use a new website just introduced to the public in February. The website smartkcmo.xaqt.com shows a blue icon, which represents the streetcars moving north and south on Main Street.
The website is also beneficial for those driving to downtown KC, showing traffic flow on Main Street and where there are open parking spots. Click here for a demonstration on how to use the website.