So, you’re traveling to Kansas City for the D2 Football Championship game and curious as to what’s going on throughout the week?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
In addition to the game scheduled for Saturday, there are community outreach and other events, plus a pre-game pep rally scheduled for Friday night.
Here’s a rundown of the events happening in and around town (all times Central Daylight Time; events not open to the public unless otherwise noted):
Thursday, December 17
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Shepherd practice at North Kansas City (Mo.) High School*
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Northwest Missouri practice at North Kansas City (Mo.) Winnetonka High School*
*Inclement weather site is Missouri Western State University Indoor Facility
5:00 p.m.: Kickoff News Conference at Boulevard Members’ Club, Children’s Mercy Park
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.: Championship Celebration Banquet at Ameritas Shield Club, Children’s Mercy Park
Friday, December 18
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Northwest Missouri Community Engagement Event at Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Shepherd Community Engagement Event at Leavenworth (Kan.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Northwest Missouri Practice at Winnetonka High School (Inclement weather site is Missouri Western State University Indoor Facility)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Shepherd Walk-Thru at Children’s Mercy Park
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Shepherd Practice at North Kansas City High School (Inclement weather site is Missouri Western State University Indoor Facility)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Northwest Missouri Walk-Thru at Children’s Mercy Park
7:00 p.m.: Championship Pep Rally at Kansas City Power & Light District
Saturday, December 19
3:00 p.m.: Northwest Missouri vs. Shepherd kickoff, Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan.
About Kansas City
The Kansas City metropolitan area spans portions of the states of Kansas (KCK) and Missouri (KCMO). The “anchor city” of Kansas City, Mo. has a population of 470,000; the Kansas City metro region (including Kansas and Missouri) population is approximately 2.4 million people.
The region includes the Missouri counties of Jackson (KCMO, Indpendence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit), Clay (Excelsior Springs) and Platte (Platte City, East Leavenworth) along with the Kansas counties of Wyandotte (KCK), Johnson (Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee) and Leavenworth (Leavenworth, Bonner Springs).
Kansas City International Airport (referred to locally as “KCI” or by their aviation handle “MCI” for its original name, Mid-Continent International Airport) is located to the northwest of KCMO off Interstate 29. Public transit in both counties is provided by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. Amtrak and Greyhound also provide service to KCMO.
About Children’s Mercy Park
Originally opened as Sporting Park in 2011, Children’s Mercy Park is located off Interstate 435 north of Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kan. and will serve as the host of the D2 football championship for the second straight year. The stadium seats 18,000 and is home to the Sporting KC Major League Soccer franchise. The stadium, which was renamed after Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, Mo. acquired the naming rights on Nov. 19, is adjacent to Kansas Speedway.
Check in with us throughout the week for previews, game recaps and much more; you can also follow me on Twitter (@RabsReporter) for the scoop on what’s happening in Kansas City.