The 49th Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Midwest Regional NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coming to Kansas City this weekend

Attendees and fans are set to begin arriving in Kansas City today

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City hosts the 49th Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Midwest Regional NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship this weekend. Activities for both events begin Wednesday, March 22.

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) convention will be held March 22-26. The NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.

This year’s convention theme is #NSBE49: I Am S.T.E.M. The organization is curating an experience focused on:

Succeed Professionally – will provide you with the keys to success as a student, professional, or entrepreneur.

Tech the Future – will showcase technical innovation, certifications, and training.

Engage the next Generation – will establish a successful pipeline from NSBE Jr. to Professionals.

Manage Wellness – will focus on overall wellness and share the tools to improve mental health and how to manage stress.

There are over 12,000 registered attendees and with anticipated walkup registration, attendance could exceed the convention’s record of 14,000 set back in 2019. The estimated overall attendance will generate a total of 12,000+ total room nights for the city.  The estimated economic impact is $15.3 million for the local economy.

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Kansas City will also play host this weekend to the Midwest Regional of the NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship March 24 & 26. The University of Houston, University of Miami, University of Texas and Xavier University will compete at T-Mobile Center to see who moves on to the NCAA® Men’s Final Four in Houston, TX.

Approximately 17,000 fans will be in attendance per session during the weekend with an estimated economic impact of $14.5 million for the city.

The Regional schedule is as follows. The winner of Game 3 will advance to the Final Four in Houston.

Regional Semifinal – Friday, March 24

  • 6:15 p.m. – Game 1: No. 1 Houston vs. No. 5 Miami (CBS)
  • 8:45 p.m. – Game 2: No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Xavier (CBS)

Regional Final – Sunday, March 26

  • 1:00 p.m. or 3:55 p.m. – Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (CBS)

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