KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Strong winds blowing by the Sprint Center did some damage to the tents at the Big 12 Conference men's basketball tournament.
Winds of 40-50 mph were possible, the National Weather Service said. A wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.
The company that owns the tents said the wind overnight took one of the hospitality tents down. The thick material shredded as the winds whipped through the buildings. The metal frame was bent when it came down.
“We’ve moved locations for that and we’ve just decided today that it wasn’t safe to keep it up, so it’s best to keep it down," said Keli O’Neill Wenzel with O’Neil Marketing and Event Management.
Early Thursday morning, the winds knocked down a barbecue tent set up outside the venue as part of the fan activities.
Workers began repairing the tent about 8 a.m. It is now back up and competitors have rolled up the sides of the tent to let the wind through. The barbecue competition will still happen, but the tasting was postponed.
No one was injured.
The chilly weather and the wind that continued all the day did not stop Midwesterners from coming to the Sprint Center.
“The wind is a little chilly, but we’re used to that," said Sam Ludwig, an Iowa State Fan. "It’s adequate. Above normal.”
The tents are covered by insurance, so the company isn't out any money. The event is separate from the city, so any cost for the tents will not come from city funding.