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May 28, 2015

Big 12 Conference Selects Future Championship Sites

Multi-Year Agreements For Basketball, Baseball Included

 

Irving, Texas (May 28, 2015) - The Big 12 is excited to announce its championship schedule for the 2015-16 academic year. The Conference has also awarded multi-year agreements in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball.

Sprint Center in Kansas City will host the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship each year from 2017 - 2020. Pending final negotiations, the women’s basketball championship is slated for Oklahoma City in 2017, ‘18 and ‘19. The baseball championship will also remain in Oklahoma pending final negotiations, with competition taking place in Oklahoma City from 2017-2020.

“We are thrilled to announce the future sites for the championships,” noted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Every city that submitted a bid did a phenomenal job - making our decision very difficult. We look forward to growing the success of our men’s basketball championship in Kansas City, while also exposing fans throughout our footprint to our postseason competitions.”

The agreement to continue in Kansas City will extend it to 11 consecutive years that Sprint Center has hosted the men’s basketball championship. It has been a sellout in each of the past two seasons and has averaged crowds of more than 18,000 every time it has been held at Sprint Center, including the third-largest session attendance average in Big 12 history in 2014.

The decision to play the women’s basketball championship in Oklahoma City in 2016 had previously been awarded, with the site now earning the event through the 2019 campaign. The conclusion of this agreement will see the number of times Oklahoma City has hosted the women’s basketball championship increased to seven, including a conference-record average attendance in 2007 (8,165).

The baseball championship returns to OKC in 2016 after a one-year hiatus. The four additional years awarded will increase the total to 21 times that the venue has hosted the baseball event. Four of the top six attendance totals in Big 12 history have come at the venue.

Fifteen different sites will host Big 12 Championships in 2015-16, including two at neutral sites for the first time. Wrestling will move to Sprint Center, while gymnastics will take place at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

2015-16 Big 12 Championship Schedule

Date Sport Venue Location

October 31, 2015 Cross Country OSU Cross Country Course Stillwater, Oklahoma
November 4, 6, 8, 2015 Soccer Swope Soccer Village Kansas City, Missouri
February 24-27, 2016 Swimming & Diving Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center Austin, Texas
February 26-27, 2016 Indoor Track & Field Lied Recreation-Athletic Facility Ames, Iowa
March 4-7, 2016 Women’s Basketball Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 5-6, 2016 Wresting Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
March 9-12, 2016 Men’s Basketball Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
March 19, 2016 Gymnastics Dr Pepper Arena Frisco, Texas
March 25-26, 2016 Equestrian Animal Science Arena Stillwater, Oklahoma
April 22 - 24, 2016 Women’s Golf The Dominion Country Club San Antonio, Texas
April 28 - May 1, 2016 Tennis Greenwood Tennis Center Stillwater, Oklahoma
April 29 - May 1, 2016 Men’s Golf Whispering Pines Golf Club Trinity, Texas
May 13-15, 2016 Outdoor Track & Field Lowdon Track & Field Complex Fort Worth,Texas
May 14-15, 2016 Rowing Melton Hill Lake Oak Ridge, Tennessee
May 25-29, 2016 Baseball Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Big 12 Championship Site History

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Year Site City Attendance (Avg.) Winner
2015 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 94,963 (18,993) Iowa State
2014 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 94,996 (18,999) Iowa State
2013 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 90,687 (18,137) Kansas
2012 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 94,894 (18,979) Missouri
2011 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 113,490 (18,915) Kansas
2010 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 113,398 (18,900) Kansas
2009 Ford Center Oklahoma City, Okla. 94,614 (15,769) Missouri
2008 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 113,254 (18,876) Kansas
2007 Ford Center Oklahoma City, Okla. 113,274 (18,879) Kansas|
2006 American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas 109,428 (18,238) Kansas
2005 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Mo. 109,608 (18,268) Oklahoma State
2004 American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas 105,610 (17,602) Oklahoma State
2003 American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas 94,800 (15,800) Oklahoma
2002 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Mo. 104,740 (17,457) Oklahoma
2001 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Mo. 91,500 (15,250) Oklahoma
2000 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Mo. 114,600 (19,100) Iowa State
1999 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Mo. 106,600 (17,766) Kansas
1998 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Mo. 89,200 (14,867) Kansas
1997 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Mo. 114,420 (19,070) Kansas

WRESTLING

Year Site City Winner
2015 Hilton Coliseum Ames, Iowa Oklahoma State
2014 McCasland Field House Norman, Okla. Oklahoma State
2013 Gallagher-Iba Arena Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State
2012 Hearnes Center Columbia, Mo. Missouri
2011 Hilton Coliseum Ames, Iowa Oklahoma State
2010 McCasland Field House Norman, Okla. Oklahoma State
2009 NU Coliseum Lincoln Neb. Iowa State/Nebraska
2008 Gallagher-Iba Arena Stillwater, Okla. Iowa State
2007 Hearnes Center Columbia, Mo. Iowa State
2006 Hilton Coliseum Ames, Iowa Oklahoma State
2005 Qwest Center Omaha, Neb. Oklahoma State
2004 Hilton Coliseum Ames, Iowa Oklahoma State
2003 Hearnes Center Columbia, Mo. Oklahoma State
2002 Lloyd Noble Center Norman, Okla. Oklahoma
2001 Gallagher-Iba Arena Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State
2000 Bob Devaney Sports Center Lincoln, Neb. Oklahoma State
1999 Hilton Coliseum Ames, Iowa Oklahoma
1998 Lloyd Noble Center Norman, Okla. Oklahoma State
1997 Hearnes Center Columbia, Mo. Oklahoma State