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A Great Sports Town From one of the nation's loudest NFL stadiums to one of NASCAR's newest racing destinations, sports never go out of season in Kansas City. So pick your passion, Kansas City has a sport to match. The crack of the bat signals springtime has arrived when the Kansas City Royals open the season at newly renovated Kauffman Stadium. The crowd roars for first baseman Billy Butler and the "boys in blue" as giant fountains cascade just beyond the outfield wall. On the opposite side of the metro area, the Kansas City T-Bones have built a loyal fan following at their ballpark in Village West. Arrowhead Stadium belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs August through January. During football season, the stadium parking lot transforms into the world's largest tailgate party--complete with everyone's version of Kansas City barbecue. In 2010, fans were treated to the results of a $375 million renovation of Arrowhead, including a new stadium club and expanded memorabilia store. From April through September, major league soccer's Sporting KC take to the field. The team plays in the brand new, state-ofthe art LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The $200 million venue is one of the best stadiums in North America and combines the best attributes of European and South America soccer stadia with the modern amenities American sports fan desire. Head Downtown for more action. The city's professional tennis team, the Kansas City Explorers , take over Barney Allis Plaza each July. Craving more sports? Check out the new Independence Events Center and cheer on the Missouri Mavericks minor league hockey team and the Kansas City Comets of the MISL. The Sprint Center is a state-of-the-art arena that plays host to major sporting events. Attached to the arena is the new College Basketball Experience. The CBE features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as well as an interactive fan area. The arena is also home to the Kansas City Command professional arena football team. Golfer Tom Watson calls the KC Metro area home. This hometown hero won 39 times on the PGA Tour, including eight majors. Baseball history connects in Kansas City in a big way. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, part of the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District, notes the considerable contributions of early players and greats like Jackie Robinson, who played shortstop for the Kansas City Monarch's until the Brooklyn Dodgers signed him and Kansas City legends Satchel Paige and Buck O’Neal.
Photos (clockwise): Arrowhead on game day; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles; Sporting KC players celebrate their victory in the U.S. Open Cup final; The Kansas City Tribe celebrates after winning the 2009 IWFL World Championship: Tom Watson on the cover of Sports Illustrated after winning his fifth British Open; Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer swings away; The KC Roller Warriors celebrate their 2007 World Championship; race at Kansas Speedway
Kansas City is also home to world championship women’s teams. In 2007, the Kansas City Roller Warriors, KC’s premier all-female roller derby team, captured the WFTCA World Championship and in 2009 the Kansas City Tribe, an all-female football team, captured the IWLF Championship. 2013 johnson county community college baseball guide
Spring 2013 JCCC baseball media guide