Plan Your Visit

Getting ready for a smoky finish to the summer? Find all the information you need to make your way to the Kansas Speedway and stay in style below. Check back for updates! More information will be available soon.

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 event date.


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.


The World Series of Barbecue® will be hosted on the infield of the Kansas Speedway. No vehicles are allowed to enter the infield grounds except vehicles parked in team spaces.  VIP, Preferred, and free parking is available.

VIP Parking will provide the closest spaces available to the main gate (Gate B). VIP Parking must be pre-purchased and limited spaces are available – purchase now!

VIP Parking Ticket
Preferred Parking will be available behind the VIP Parking lot for guests who would like to park close to the main ticket gate. Preferred parking must be pre-purchased and limited spaces are available.

Preferred Parking Ticket
Free Parking is available on the West side of the Speedway. This lot will begin after the VIP and Preferred Parking lots.

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. If you are joining a team party on Friday or Saturday night, you will be asked to park on the West side of the Speedway in the VIP, Preferred or Free parking.


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

Hotel Partners

The Marriott Downtown Kansas City is the preferred hotel partner of the American Royal.  Marriott Downtown Kansas City

The Hilton Garden Inn is a hotel partner of the American Royal.  Hilton Garden Inn

Hotels Near the Kansas Speedway

Great Wolf Lodge:

Chateau Avalon:

More information to help you plan you stay


Kansas City:

Want to be in the event but not competing? RV spaces are available for the weekend!

RV Parking Tickets