The Big 12 will hold a conference championship game in 2017, regardless of how many members make up the conference. Where that game will be played remains undecided at this time, but Kansas City would like the Big 12 to know they are ready to host the game as soon as possible.
“We want this event for our community,” said Kathy Nelson, president of the Kansas City Sports Commission, according to The Kansas City Star. “We put together a solid bid and we want the student-athletes and the fans here.”
Before the Big 12’s membership decreased to 10 members during conference realignment changes in recent years, the conference held a conference championship game from 1996 through 2010. the game has been hosted in St. Louis, San Antonio, Houston and Arlington in addition to Kansas City. Kansas City has hosted the game in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. The Big 12 preferred to move the game around pretty regularly to help keep the game accessible to fanbases in the northern and southern portions of the conference, but the Big 12 is hoping to lock down a single host site and venue for five years.
Kansas City will remain a solid option on the table, although it should probably be expected the game will be Arlington’s to lose. The last two Big 12 championship games were hosted in AT&T Stadium, which has become a popular place for college football games since opening its doors with the Cotton Bowl, early season neutral site games and more including the first College Football Playoff national championship game.