2022 - BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
BIG 12 MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
T-Mobile Center & Municipal Auditorium - Downtown Kansas City
Welcome back, Cyclone Nation! The ISU Alumni of Kansas City is so incredibly excited to finally welcome you back to Kansas City and the home of #HiltonSouth. For the first time since the pandemic, we are hosting live in-person events, and we hope you will join your fellow Cyclones in celebrating Big 12 Tournament week.
Both the men’s and women’s team are having fantastic seasons, and we can't wait to see what journey awaits them here in Kansas City. For those that haven’t visited Kansas City in a while, please read through the details below and be sure to explore some of these new offerings available throughout Downtown, Westport, and the Plaza.
We can’t wait for #HiltonSouth to return, and we hope you enjoy your stay here in Kansas City. On behalf of the entire ISU Alumni of Kansas City board, welcome back and go Cyclones!
Loyal. Forever. True. #HiltonSouth2022 #CyclonesEverywhere
Bryan A. Schmidt
President, Iowa State Alumni Association of Kansas City
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Annual Tournament Kickoff – Happy Hour @ Kelly’s Westport Inn
Wednesday, March 9th – 5:30 PM CST
The ISU Alumni of Kansas City is proud to announce the return of our annual tournament kickoff and continued partnership with Kelly’s Westport Inn. Whether you are here for the men’s or women’s tournament, make sure to swing by Kelly’s on Wednesday for a special evening. Musical performance by FAC Legend Brian Congdon will headline the evening, with special guest appearances at the mic throughout the night. Happy hour specials begin at 5:30 p.m. CT, so skip out on work a few minutes early and join the biggest party for Cyclone Nation!
P.S. Don’t forget to ask about the ISU Mug Deal, exclusive for all Iowa State Fans who visit Kelly’s Westport Inn
Pre-Game Pep Rally’s
Men’s & Women’s Tournament Games
Subject to Team Advancement and Schedule
Before every Big 12 Tournament game, stay tuned into Iowa State Athletics as they host pre-game pep rallies for both the Men’s & Women’s team. Final pep rally details and schedule are still to be finalized, so make sure to follow all Cyclone Athletic Social Media Accounts for the latest and greatest news!
Up/Down – Kansas City – Happy Hour
Friday, March 11th – 12:00 PM CST
The ISU Alumni of Kansas City is excited to announce the return of their Friday afternoon happy hour at Up/Down, a 21+ arcade bar. Come on out early on Friday afternoon and enjoy a throwback to your early days of 1980s arcade games!
There will be beer specials available for anyone wearing cardinal and gold, so come start your Big 12 Tournament weekend in the Crossroads!
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT CYCLONE CENTERS
The ISU Alumni of Kansas City is always looking to provide new and exciting opportunities for our alumni to try while visiting Kansas City. We are excited to list all these amazing establishments that have been supportive of our local alumni base throughout the years. Please check them out during your stay, and don’t forget to wear your cardinal and gold!
Howl at The Moon – Kansas City Power & Light District
The ISU Alumni of Kansas City is excited to announce a new partnership with Howl at the Moon! For those who have never been to Howl at the Moon, this dueling piano bar offers a variety of amazing music, high energy performances and a fantastic drink selection. Check out these special deals for all Cyclone fans during tournament weekend!
Special Deal for Cyclone Nation
Free admission with wristband all day and night. Check in under “ISU Alumni” at the front door to get your wristband. There will be a complimentary BBQ buffet (while supplies last) starting at noon. The buffet includes BBQ sandwiches, BBQ sausage, potato salad, baked, beans, and assorted chips.
Drink Specials from Noon to 6:00 PM
$5 Busch Light 16oz
$5 Michelob Ultra 16oz
$5 Bud Light $16oz
$5 New Amsterdam Vodka
$5 New Amsterdam Gin
$5 Jim Beam
$5 Cuervo Silver
$5 Cruzan Rum
$5 House Margaritas
The Quaff Bar & Grill – 1010 Broadway Boulevard
Returning as our primary downtown game watch location – The Quaff Bar & Grill has become an instant hit with local Kansas City alumni. The amazing ownership team has opened its door to Cyclone Nation and fully embraced #HiltonSouth. Not only does the bar have some great deals for our alumni, but it can fit hundreds. If you are looking for a fun spot to chill in between games, or celebrate with your fellow alumni, swing by The Quaff and
enjoy an amazing game day atmosphere.
Special Deal Alert for Cyclone Nation:
$3.00 Domestic Draws for any Cyclone Fan wearing their Cardinal & Gold! Wear the color proud #HiltonSouth
Taps On Main – 1715 Main Street
Just a short walk south of the Power & Light District, Taps On Main has become one of our favorite Cyclone homes throughout the past few seasons. With their Self-Pour Beer Tap Wall and an amazing menu (especially the Wings!), this should definitely be a stop while you are in Kansas City. Make sure to ask about any specials, and the Busch Light should be flowing strong on Main Street!
Up/Down Kansas City – 101 Southwest Boulevard
A 21+ Arcade Bar featuring more than 50 arcades games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, pinball machines, four classic skeeball alleys, Nintendo 64 console gaming, life-size Jenga and Connect Four….what more could a Cyclone Fan ask for?! Make sure to stop by this Cyclone staple in the Crossroads District.
OTHER THINGS TO DO WHILE IN KANSAS CITY
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT RUN (COLOR IT CARDINAL & GOLD)
Running in the Big 12 5K, dress up in your best Cardinal and Gold and let all of Kansas City know that this is #HiltonSouth2022
ST. PATRICK DAY IN PERSON & VIRTUAL 5K (COLOR IT CARDINAL & GOLD)
Sign up and run in the KC Track Clubs Annual Westport St. Patty's Day Run, then join the Cyclone Crowd for a few drinks at Kelly's Westport Inn afterwards. Dress up in you Cardinal and Gold!
2022 SNAKE SATURDAY PARADE – NKC
Yes, the March Snake Saturday Festivities are back! The Parade and Festival will occur on March 12, 2022, starting at it’s normal time of 11:00 AM. Floats, the carnival, the festival area will culminate on Snake Saturday into a day of Lucky to Be IN NKC! Don’t miss out on this great event and hopefully this leads into a Championship Night featuring the Cyclones!
BOULEVARD BREWING TOURS
Whether it's your first time or lived in Kansas City for a while, nothing beats stopping by our Hometown Brewery for a little taste of Kansas City! Brewery Tours and Much More!
J. RIEGER & CO DISTILLERY TOURS
Book an experience at the J. Rieger & Company Distillery. Located just 2 miles east of the River Market, you can sign up for a tour of their recently built facility and enjoy some craft cocktails at the Monogram Lounge, The Hey! Hey! Club or Electric Park Garden Bar.
TOM’S TOWN DISTILLING COMPANY
Named after the country’s most corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast, Tom’s Town Distilling Company has become a staple of downtown Kansas City. Swing by throughout the entire tournament to partake in their handmade premium cocktails and learn more about how Tom Pendergast helped make Kansas City know as the “Paris of the Plains.” #ThePeopleAreThristy
BREWER’S ALLEY – CROSSROADS
With six breweries now operating within a half-mile radius in Kansas City’s East Crossroads District, its easy to understand how the area gained the nickname Brewer’s Alley. Only a few blocks away from the T-Mobile Center, swing by this craft beer enthusiast paradise and sip away the time between Cyclone Tournament Games. Parking is located close by and if you get hungry, swing by a Kansas City Classic – Grinder’s – for all your late night snacking needs.
KC BIER COMPANY
It might be a little bit of a drive from the T-Mobile Center, but you should grab a flight or beer or two from another hometown brewery that has served as a gamewatch location for our local chapter this season. Enjoy!
CHICKEN 'N' PICKLE - NORTH KANSAS CITY
A new Outdoor/Indoor Entertainment Venue and Restaurant Concept in North Kansas City. Play pickleball, grab a healthy bite to eat or challenge your friends to lawn games like battleship or cornhole.
*Update – Chicken ‘N’ Pickle has opened a new location in South Overland Park if you have a little more free time on your hands
THE OTHER PLACE - DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK
Need we say more! An old ISU tradition continues in Kansas City, as The Other Place calls Downtown Overland Park home. Swing on by and enjoy the smells and taste of your favorite neighborhood bar!
BIG 12 BASKETBALL FOOD DRIVE
Fans are invited to help the Big 12 Conference in the ongoing fight against hunger. For the second consecutive year, donations for the Big 12 Basketball Food Drive will be made through a secure, dedicated website in lieu of in-person collections.
BIG 12 BASKETBALL BLOOD DRIVE
Fans are invited to help make a difference and donate blood during this year's Champions Save Lives Blood Drive presented by the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. Click on the link to find out more information today!
WIDE RIGHT NATTY LIGHT
Here is a comprehensive overview / guide to your upcoming weekend in Kansas City!
Welcome to Hilton South, Cyclone Nation!!!