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The 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship returned to Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium for the eighth time in conference history. Kansas City hosted the first six women’s postseason events from 1997-2002, in addition to the 2005 championship.
Municipal Auditorium opened in 1936 and has hosted nearly every type of event from U.S. presidential campaigns to NCAA Final Four championships. It has hosted more Final Fours than any other facility with nine total as well as the NCAA Women’s Basketball Midwest Regionals in 2000 and 2005.
The arena can seat 10,700 people with 7,300 permanent upholstered seats. Municipal Auditorium features a 92-foot ceiling and a 26,200 square foot floor built of oak two-by-fours set on end. Special sports lighting can be lowered to provide intense lighting at the center of the floor. Renovations, including the scoreboard and locker rooms were completed prior to the 2005 championship.
The auditorium is accessible from the south side of 13th Street where visitors enter through the splendid 3,600-square foot Grand Foyer. The arena is also connected by covered walkways to Bartle Hall, the Conference Center and the Auditorium Plaza Garage. It is a short walk to the newly-opened Sprint Center, site of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.
2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship