Fans unite: Local guide to Big 12 team watch parties and events

Are you looking for a spot to grab a bite and a beverage with your fellow fans? It isn’t all “Rock Chalk” and “EMAW” in Kansas City. Plenty of local bars have received the seal of approval from alumni associations across the conference. Additionally, several Big 12 teams have parties and rallies planned across Kansas City.

Teams not listed did not have any designated establishments named online.

Iowa State

The alumni association is hosting a tournament kick-off party at Kelly’s Westport Inn Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. with live music and food and drink specials.

There will also be a spirit party before the Cyclones’ first-round game on the second level of Bartle Hall. It wills start 2.5 hours before the session starts and admission is free. You can find more information about both parties here.

Other Iowa State Kansas City Club locations:

Brooksider Bar & Grill – 6330 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

The Other Place – 16590 W. 135th St., Olathe, Kan. and 4324 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Kan.

University of Kansas

The KU Alumni Association is hosting a pregame party at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 13 at Z Strike in the Power & Light District. They will also have a mini pep rally at Z Strike at 11:45 a.m. following the main pep rallies inside KC Live! For more information, click here.

Other KU spots:

The Cashew — 2000 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

The Dark Horse Tavern — 4112 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

Lew's Grill and Bar — 7539 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas State

It isn't hard to find fellow Wildcat fans in Kansas City. The Catbackers list McFadden's as the KSU "Headquarters" for tournament time.

The club has also hosted watch parties at Tomfooleries, 612 W 47th St., Kansas City, Mo., The Well, 7421 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., and The Bulldog, 1715 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.


The Sports/Young Alumni Network is hosting a Big 12 Tournament first-round send-off rally at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 West 12th St., 90 minutes before tip-off on March 12.

Oklahoma State University

The Kansas City OSU Alumni Chapter is hosting a Big 12 mixer Wednesday, March 12 at Tannin's Wine Bar and Kitchen, 1526 Walnut. More information about this event can be found here.

Watch parties will be at The Fox & the Hound, 10428 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan., and The Quaff Bar & Grill, 1010 Broadway St., Kansas City, Mo. Additional information is listed on the website for Kansas City's chapter of the OSU Alumni Association.

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