Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
• For $25, you get one seat in section 101, 102, 121, or 122 (a $49.50 value before fees, or up to a $62.25 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $45, you get one seat in section 103, 104, 105, 118, 119, or 120 (a $99.50 value before fees, or up to a $113.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Beneath Sprint Center's lights and rafters, the Command cruise up and down arena football's condensed gridiron during a trio of hard-hitting skirmishes. A slow start to the 2012 season has forced head coach Danton Barto to shift gears on the fly and acquire former NFL quarterback Matt Gutierrez. Rather than constructing a Lego statue of himself on the 30-yard line, Gutierrez opted to make his mark on the field by throwing for five touchdowns during his Kansas City debut on April 7, including three to second-year receiver Bradly Chavez. During breaks in the action, the Command Girls dance team charges the field, distracting opponents from eavesdropping on team huddles or playing makeshift games of Jenga with the end-zone pylons.
With 41,500 square feet dedicated to men's collegiate basketball, The College Basketball Experience provides hours of all-ages amusement. Learn about influential hoop-dreamers in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, and rediscover and get schooled in key moments in Kansas City's role in shaping the game. Visitors can also participate in hands-on, interactive exhibits that place them in front and at the center of the courtside action, from announcing plays to sinking game-winning shots.
Witness college teams make it rain from three-point range while defending shots with their armbrellas. Established in 1937, the inaugural NAIA Tournament has called Kansas City home for 73 years. Featuring 32 teams pivoting and sprinting atop a lustrous hardwood battlefield, it has grown to be the longest-running collegiate national championship tournament in the country, not counting the Skull and Bones Underground Cavern Games that took George Washington's teeth. This year’s tourney will feature several trophy-hungry NAIA teams, such as potential participants Central Methodist University and Evangel University. Behold a flurry of high-flying buzzer beaters and frustrating defensive schemes at the Kansas City tradition that has featured big names such as John Wooden, Dennis Rodman, and Terry Porter.
• Thursday, July 7 at 7:35 p.m. vs. the Sacramento Capitals. Gates open at 6:05 p.m. • Sunday, July 10 at 6:35 p.m. vs. the Boston Lobsters. Gates open at 5:05 p.m. The Kansas City Explorers' lineup of male and female racquet jocks serve up entertaining sets of professional tennis as they defend their 2010 World TeamTennis Champions title. During Thursday's and Sunday's tourneys, the Explorers will challenge opponents in myriad matches, featuring women's singles and doubles, men's singles and doubles, and mixed doubles, in which players will imitate a typical, romantic tennis date. Stop by the pre-match meet and greet to interrogate coach Brent Haygarth about his five seasons with the team, then don a Explorers logo T-shirt and head to the stands, where spectators can watch the sultans of swat defeat the competition with serves, forehands, and blindingly white shorts.