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Kansas City earns big victory by keeping Big 12 basketball tournament

The Iowa State Cyclones won the 2015 Big 12 men’s basketball tournament,defeating the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Iowa State Cyclones won the 2015 Big 12 men’s basketball tournament,defeating the Kansas Jayhawks. The Kansas City Star

The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament has a solid history in Kansas City, and conference officials made the right call Thursday in deciding to hold the postseason championships here through 2020.

In recent years, the city has supported the event with first-class facilities for fans and teams at Sprint Center and for pre- and post-game parties at the Power & Light District.

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The city’s hotels, restaurants and bars benefit when out-of-town guests arrive. It’s especially heartening to see free-spending Iowa State fans stick around downtown, often after another victory by the Cyclones, who have won the last two postseason championships.

Strong attendance for the Big 12 tournament presumably helped Kansas City retain it. And the fact that the city is moving forward with a plan to build an 800-room downtown hotel should give fans a new place to stay by 2018 or 2019.

Big 12 basketball will remain a big part of Kansas City’s springtime sports landscape for at least the next five years. That’s something to cheer about.

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