Sport Fanatic Weekend
Posted: July 07, 2016
Written by: Staff Writer
Topgolf isn’t your typical driving range. This golf-themed marvel includes a three-story driving range where you can hit balls at various targets in the 240-yard outfield (think of it as a giant dartboard). Or test your skills with other games including TopDrive, TopPressure and TopChip. Topgolf also features 200+ HD TVs and a full food and drink menu so you can refuel – and recharge – in between games.
If your preferred sport is high-speed racing action, head west to Kansas Speedway and enjoy the thrill of NASCAR racing. Kansas Speedway hosts several races throughout the year, including night races. If you prefer the driver’s seat to spectating, sign-up for the exhilarating Richard Petty Driving Experience and race up to 155 mph around the 1.5-mile tri-oval track. General tours of the Kansas Speedway are available when the Richard Petty Driving Experience is on the track, a great way to get a closer look at the speedway complex.
Kansas City has an impressive soccer legacy, although is was traditionally overshadowed by other sports. After becoming one of 10 Major League Soccer charter members in 1995, Kansas City soccer fandom began to flourish and, more recently, has captivated the city’s attention. If you can catch a world-class Sporting Kansas City match while you’re in town, you’ll love the high-energy experience at Children’s Mercy Park. Just don’t forget to wear your favorite scarf!
Welcome to Crown Town, home of the 2015 World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals! Head to one of the most beautiful stadiums in the U.S., Kauffman Stadium, to see the city’s beloved boys in blue take the field. If you’re bringing the kids along, make sure to take them to the Outfield Experience, complete with mini golf, batting cages, a pitching mound and more.
If you haven’t yet seen the Kansas City Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium, brace yourself – you’re about to enter one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. In fact, Arrowhead broke the previous peak noise level in 2014, clocking in at a rocking 142.2 decibels. Before the game, don’t miss one of the best tailgating communities in the U.S., when the parking lot essentially turns into one giant cookout.
Part of the American Association of Independence Professional Baseball, the Kansas City T-Bones consistently deliver one of the most fun fan experiences in the city. Located near Kansas Speedway and Sporting Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Park, Community America Ballpark offers prime views no matter where you sit, plus a kids-sized concession stand complete with smaller items – and smaller prices!
Kansas City has long been a favorite college basketball destination, which makes it a perfect place for The College Basketball Experience at the Sprint Center. This is not a museum. With interactive stations like Beat the Clock, Make the Pass and Shoot from Downtown, you’ll have a chance to channel your inner basketball star. Don’t miss a chance to see the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to the coaches, players and teams who are recognized for their contributions to the sport.
By: Katy Schamberger