By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Starting today, All-Tournament tickets to the 77th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship are available for purchase on-line at www.NAIAHoops.com. All-Tournament reserved tickets are $100 per person and $75 for all-tournament general admission seating. The historic event gets underway at Municipal Auditorium March 19 with the first of 31 games tipping at 9 a.m. CST.
Also, single-session tickets can be purchased in-person from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST at the Municipal Auditorium Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Additionally, fans can call 1- 800-745-8000 or purchase on-line at www.Ticketmaster.com . Prices start at $5 for students and $12 for adults. The Municipal Auditorium Box Office is located at 301 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.
The National Championship consists of nine sessions, with each session having four games during the first four days, before switching to two games on semifinal night (March 24) and one for the National Championship game (March 25). Fans can get more value for their session ticket on March 22 (quarterfinals) with an All-Star game, slam-dunk contest and 3-point competition as part of one ticket.
The NAIA, title sponsor Buffalo Funds and the Heart of America Athletic Conference are excited to offer a family friendly atmosphere that includes non-stop basketball action, Champions of Character events and various promotions throughout the championship. For promotions information, including Scout Night, DST Youth Day and Service Night, go to www.NAIAhoops.com.
The fan experience at Municipal Auditorium will be enhanced in 2014 with the facility undergoing a major renovation this past fall. The $5 million renovation includes new video boards, LED scorer’s table, sound system, lighting, seating in the lower level and electrical upgrades. The two new LED video boards are approximately 47 feet wide and 12 ½ feet tall. For more information on this story, click here.
"We are excited about the enhanced environment at Municipal Auditorium for all of the fans and players," said Eric Olson, NAIA Championship Tournament Director. "The NAIA is proud to work with the co-hosts, the Heart of America Athletic Conference, to bring a first-class national championship event to Kansas City. We hope fans will be a part of this competitive college basketball championship that is affordable for all families."
The NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship, which is the longest continuous national collegiate tournament in any sport, is a 32-team single elimination format and draws approximately 40,000 fans to the Kansas City area each year. The bracket will be officially announced March 12.
2014 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championships Schedule (all times CST)
Tuesday, March 18
NAIA Tip-off Banquet – located in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center ($40 per person)
Wednesday, March 19 – First Round
Session 1: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: 5:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 20 – First Round
Session 3: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Session 4: 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Friday, March 21 – Second Round (Scout Night – Recognition of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts)
Session 5: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Session 6: 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 – Quarterfinals and All-Star Event (DST Youth Day – all kids ages 12 and under wearing a jersey top receive free entry)
Session 7: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. - Slam Dunk/3-Point Contests, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., All-Star Game - 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 23
NO GAMES Played
Monday, March 24 – Semifinals – (Service Night – all military and first responders wearing uniform or with valid ID get in free)
Session 8: 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25 – National Championship Game
Session 9: 7 p.m.