Sports in Kansas City
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The Kansas City Metropolitan Area has a long history of sports, which has included national championship teams and championship title events.
Major professional teams
|Kansas City Chiefs||American Football||1960 (1963 in KC)||National Football League||Arrowhead Stadium||75,354|
|Kansas City Royals||Baseball||1969||Major League Baseball||Kauffman Stadium||21,614|
|Sporting Kansas City||Soccer||1996||Major League Soccer||Sporting Park||19,709|
Of the city's three major league teams, each has won its league championship once. Kansas City has had teams in all five of the major leagues, three have remained. The Royals of MLB became the first American League expansion team to reach the playoffs, in 1976, the World Series, in 1980 and to win the World Series, in 1985 against the state-rival St. Louis Cardinals in the "Show-Me Series." They have not made the playoffs since. Since moving to the city in 1963, the Chiefs won the AFL title in 1966, ultimately losing Super Bowl I to the Green Bay Packers, and again in 1969 as the last ever AFL champion, en route to their only Super Bowl win. They won Super Bowl IV against the NFL champion Minnesota Vikings, 23-7. Kansas City won the MLS Cup 2000 over Chicago Fire 1-0. In 2004, the Wizards won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by beating the Chicago Fire. In 2012, Sporting Kansas City won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by beating the Seattle Sounders at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. That national soccer tournament is named for Lamar Hunt who was the owner of the Dallas Texans AFL franchise that moved to Kansas City and were renamed as the Chiefs.
Other current teams
The Kansas Crusaders won the 1994 Women's Professional Basketball WBA Championship.
- Kansas City is often the home of the Big 12 Basketball Tournaments. Men's Basketball is played at Sprint Center, while women's Basketball is played at Municipal Auditorium. Lately newer arenas in Dallas and Oklahoma City have hosted the tournament.
- Arrowhead Stadium serves as the venue for various intercollegiate football games. Often it was the host of the Big 12 Football Title Game. On the last weekend in October, the Fall Classic rivalry game between Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University takes place here. Usually, the Bearcats of Northwest and Gorillas of Pitt State are ranked one-two in the MIAA conference. In 2005, other games at Arrowhead included Arkansas State playing host to Missouri, and Kansas hosting Oklahoma.
- Kansas Speedway, located in Kansas City, Kansas, hosts many auto racing events, including one annual race in all three of NASCAR's national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series), as well as a race in the IndyCar Series.
- Kansas City has also hosted the 1973 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium as well as the 2013 MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park. In 2006, Kansas City was awarded Super Bowl XLIX, but a vote for a rolling roof to be put over Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadiums was voted down, eliminating that possibility.
Kansas City and nearby Overland Park, Kansas were once the home of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and has hosted ten men's final fours, more than any other city. However, with recent men's final fours taking place in indoor football stadiums (notably the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in April 2005), Kansas City will be unable to host an 11th Final Four due to the NCAA's requirement starting with the 1997 tournament that all Final Four venues have a minimum seating capacity of 30,000.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics was formed in Kansas City, and its current headquarters up the Grand Street from the Sprint Center. The national basketball tournament for the NAIA takes place each year in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.