The Global Finals event registration fee will not include meal accommodations. This change is in response to the desire for participants to choose from a wide variety of options for food, to meet each team’s dietary needs and budgets.
There will be many options for food during the event. Destination Imagination is currently working with Kansas City catering companies to determine a pre-ordering system for meals that will be available at the Convention Center. More information on pre-ordered meals will be available on this page in early spring of our website, and the pre-ordering of meals will have a deadline of May 1.
In receiving preliminary bids from catering companies, we expect the cost for three pre-ordered meals a day to be between $36-40 per person. Some hotel properties will provide breakfast for free, eliminating that cost. Properties offering those amenities will be listed in an informational housing document available in early spring.
The Convention Center is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, around a number of restaurants within walking distance at a wide variety of price points. There is also a downtown market with prepared foods and groceries that is walking distance from the Convention Center.
Concessions will also be available at the Kansas City Convention Center and the Municipal Arena (where registration and select events will take place).
It will be very possible (and actually easy, by design) to procure three meals a day without relying on external transportation to leave the Convention Center area. If you and your team decide to stay at the Convention Center to consume meals, there will be cafeteria-style places to sit and eat with other event attendees.