NCAA men's basketball tournament will return to KC in 2013

Kansas City will be a first- and-second round site for the men’s NCAA Tournament in 2013, the NCAA announced Monday.

The 2013 event will mark the 75th anniversary of the tournament. Kansas City was host to the Final Four at the 50th anniversary season of 1988.

No host has been identified for the 2013 tournament at Sprint Center. In the past the Big 12 has been the host organization but the conference will be hosting a regional final at Cowboys Stadium the next week.

“It’s no accident that cities which have been part of the rich history of this championship were selected to return in 2013,” said Dan Guerrero, the chairman of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. “The 2013 championship will be a nationwide celebration of March Madness, its tremendous history and the fan following of one the world’s best sporting events.”

The NCAA announced tournament sites for three years starting in 2011. That year, Tulsa, Okla., and Denver were awarded first-round sites, and San Antonio will be a regional final site.

In 2012, Omaha, Neb., gets a first-round site, and St. Louis a regional final.

Kansas City, which played host to a regional last season, will be the site of the Big 12 men’s and women’s tournaments in 2010 and 2011.