March Madness and the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City

Kids shoot a free throw at the College Basketball Experience during March Madness in Kansas City.

March Madness is a truly American condition that occurs each spring with symptoms that include brackets and office pools, round balls and team jerseys.

The cure for March Madness includes a heavy dose of participation in this spectator sport — usually at sports bar and the bigger the big screen TV, the better.

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Kansas City and March Madness

Another sure fire cure for March Madness is a visit to Kansas City, where the NCAA was founded, and where three or four college tournaments each March guarantee you can see two or three games of hoops every day for weeks.

And then you have to visit the College Basketball Experience.

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Experiencing the College Basketball Experience

Kids play with a foam basketball during March Madness in kansas CityIt’s tempting to call the College Basketball Experience a museum, but it is so NOT a museum. Do you leave most museums all sweaty and smelly?

The experience begins as you ride the elevator to the second floor and hear the coach shouting a few last words of encouragement before leaving the locker room. Then the doors open, the pep band plays, the crowd cheers and your heart gets to pumping.

Kids feet in a cut out of Shaquille O'Neal's foot at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas CityShoot a 3-pointer, slam a dunk, and see how high you can jump, and then read about record holders and NCAA rules governing such behavior. Practice your free throw and measure your shoe size to Shaquille O’Neal‘s.

Bring a few friends along and work the court in a friendly, or not-so-friendly pick up game.

Sit at the anchor desk of the real ESPN Sports Center and cruise the NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame.

While you’re doing it, take time to read some of the history of the game on the walls and in nearby kiosks. You’ll learn that the NCAA was founded just a few blocks from here and Kansas City has hosted more Final Fours than any city in the country.

Yeah, take that bit of trivia to your watch party!

And wear that sweat on your brow like a badge of honor as you head out into a world overcome by March Madness.

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Years that Kansas City Hosted the Final Four

1940     1941     1942

1953     1954     1955

1957     1961     1988

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