Plan Your Visit

We're cooking up something amazing in 2018! Find all the information you need to make your way to the Barbecue and stay in style below. Check back for updates! More information will be available soon.

Visit Kansas City, KS is the 'Official Destination Partner' of the American Royal. Request a copy of their Visitor's Guide for an extensive list of lodging, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment near the Kansas Speedway.

Visitor's Guide

Media Pass Requests - Media Passes will be available by request. Please email Tami Parr at [email protected] with your name, affiliation, contact information, and number of passes needed. Media Passes must be requested prior to the Barbecue and will be available for pick-up during the event.


How to get to the World Series of Barbecue®

The Kansas Speedway
400 Speedway Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66111
(866) 460-7223

KCI Airport: Take I 29 North to I-435 West to I-70 West, exit at 110th St., Exit #410.
I-70: Exit at 110th St., Exit #410. Turn right and enter Kansas Speedway.
I-435: Exit at State Avenue West. Kansas Speedway is .5 miles ahead.
K-7 South: Exit at State Avenue East. Turn right at 118th St. Enter Kansas Speedway on Talladega Drive.
K-10 East: Exit to Northbound K-7. Remain on K-7, pass over I-70, then follow eastbound I-70 directions.
I-635: Exit to Westbound I-70. Remain on I-70 and exit at 110th St., Exit #410.

Recommended Directions:

I-70 East/West

  • Exit at 110th St. Once you exit, head north on 110th street towards the Speedway
  • Pass the light and head West on Speedway Boulevard
  • You will be directed to enter the grounds via Talladega or Darlington.
    • You may not enter the grounds via France Family Drive, near Sporting KC
      Note: it is not recommended to take 435 to enter this event.

General Parking

The World Series of Barbecue® will be hosted on the infield of the Kansas Speedway. No vehicles will be allowed to enter the infield grounds without proper team credentials.

A team only parking lot will be available for team vehicles only. All vehicles in this lot will receive or may purchase a tag to park. Teams will received information concerning the team parking lot.

Parking does not permit you access into the event – all individuals must have a valid ticket to enter.

Need to buy a ticket? Click here

General Public Parking is $10 Cash only per vehicle – please have money available prior to arriving to parking gate.
VIP Parking available for Pre-sale only until August 31.
Rideshare/Ubers/Taxi - There will be no special/different entrance for Rideshare – please alert the parking staff upon entrance to the event.

  • If you require ADA assistance, please notify the parking attendant
  • Parking staff will direct you to ADA lot
  • ADA vehicles will assist in transportation into the infield to a designated ADA drop off/pick up area
  • Individuals must have ticket into the BBQ to use ADA vehicles

There will be no special/different entrance for ADA – please alert the parking staff upon entrance to the event.

Parking Instructions -

General Public Parking VIP Parking Rideshare Directions Bus Directions


The World Series of Barbecue® does not host hotel or transportation. Check out hotels in the Legends area or downtown for availability.

Preferred Hotel Partners

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Home 2 Suites
3440 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103
DISCOUNT: Mention that you're staying for an American Royal event and get 10% off.

Great Wolf Lodge - Kansas City, KS
10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, KS 66111

Hotels Near Kansas Speedway

Need to book a room?

To help you plan your stay

Visit Kansas City, KS is the 'Official Destination Partner' of the American Royal. For more information about the many options within close proximity of the Speedway visit their website at:

Legends Shopping Complex:

Want to be in the event but not competing? Check back for details about RV spaces.