Altough he anticipates bids from multiple cities, including Dallas, to host future Big 12 men's basketball tournaments, league commissioner Bob Bowlsby said it would take "a Herculean effort" by another sutior to spirit the event away from Kansas City, which has hosted more Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments than any city.
The event will be held in Kansas City the next two years, but future sites are open for discussion in 2017 and beyond. Bowlsby said he anticipates bids from Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Des Moines.
One positive new wrinkle at this year’s event in Kansas City, in Bowlsby’s estimation: beer sales inside the arena.
“It’s been good, I think. We’re very pleased,” Bowlsby said. “I haven’t seen the numbers in terms of what we made on it. But I think (Saturday night) is really the bellweather night.”
Although he said it was not practical to name Kansas City as a permanent host venue for the tournament, Bowlsby said: “We’ll always look at the various elements of this. But it’s going to take a Herculean effort for somebody to take this away from Kansas City.”
_ Jimmy Burch