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Professional sports teams in Kansas City include the Kansas City Chiefs in football, the Kansas City Royals in baseball, and Sporting Kansas City in soccer. In college athletics, Kansas City has been the home of the Big 12 College Basketball Tournaments. Men's basketball has been played at Sprint Center since March 2008, and women's basketball is played at Municipal Auditorium. Arenas in Dallas and Oklahoma City have also historically hosted the tournament. Arrowhead Stadium serves as the venue for various intercollegiate football games. It has hosted the Big 12 Championship Game five times. On the last weekend in October, the Fall Classic rivalry game between Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University takes place here. The Bearcats of Northwest and Gorillas of Pitt State are frequently ranked one-two in the MIAA conference. In 2005, other games at Arrowhead included Arkansas State playing host to Missouri, and Kansas hosting Oklahoma. The Chiefs started play in 1960 as the Dallas Texans and started playing in KC in 1963. The Royals started in 1969 and are the only major league KC team that has neither moved nor changed its name. The Kansas City Wizards was a charter member of MLS in 1996 and became the Wizards from 1997 onwards. In 2011, the team was renamed Sporting Kansas City and moved into their new stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas City used to have an NBA team, which had originated in 1945 in Rochester, New York (as the Rochester Royals), before becoming the Cincinnati Royals. The team was called the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1972 t

1975 because it played home games in both cities. In 1975, the team played exclusively in Kansas City, and was known as the Kansas City Kings. The Kings played there until 1985, when the franchise moved to California and became the Sacramento Kings. In 1974, the NHL continued its expansion period by adding teams in Kansas City and Washington, D.C.[58] Although they were better than their expansion cousins, who won only eight games in their inaugural season, the Kansas City Scouts began to suffer from an economic downturn in the Midwest. For their second season, the Scouts sold just 2,000 of 8,000 season tickets and were almost $1 million in debt. Due to their various on and off ice disappointments, the franchise moved to Denver before settling on the east coast as the New Jersey Devils. The Scouts and Kings were not the only nomadic franchises to spend time in Kansas City. The Athletics baseball franchise played in the city of fountains from 1955 to 1967, after moving from Philadelphia and before moving to Oakland. Major League Baseball returned to the city in 1969 with the Royals, who have proven stable and became the first American League expansion team to reach the playoffs, in 1976, the World Series, in 1980 and to win the World Series, in 1985 against the state-rival St. Louis Cardinals in the "Show-Me Series." The National Women's Soccer League, beginning its first season in Spring 2013, will include a team in Kansas City.[59] The team will be owned by the owners of the Missouri Comets in Independence, Missouri. The location and the stadium has not been named yet.