Safety & Health

We are excited to have a new home in Kansas City and like any location, safety and security are our highest priorities. The event will primarily take place in the Kansas City metropolitan downtown area, at two of the most experienced venues, which have an impeccable history in providing safety and security. We have partnered up with security professionals that will be overseeing and executing the security program, along with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, as well as other emergency management professionals. To help ensure a safe and secure trip to Kansas City, please review our safety and security tips with your team.

We have implemented a robust security program that will include some of the following protocols:

  • 24-hour building security for all areas of the event
  • Strict credentialing system for ALL attendees and working staff that easily identifies individuals that are authorized for the event
  • Bag search upon entry into facilities. (Please bring only what you need to ensure a speedy entry into each facility. Clear bags are encouraged to expedite the security process.)
  • Uniformed Event Security and Police Officers
  • CCTV throughout facilities
  • Roaming Security Response Teams
  • Traffic control
  • Unified Command Center with phone number
  • Safety sweeps by K9 teams

Below are a few tips to help you and your team during your stay:

  • In the event that you or someone you know needs medical, health or safety assistance, please call our Unified Command Center at 816-278-1420 or 816-278-1421.
  • In a TRUE emergency, please contact 911.
  • Always have a head count of your team.
  • Please have details of each team member readily available on your mobile device or a simple notepad.
  • Make sure that you have both legal and decided names for each member.
  • Stick together and move as a group.
  • Always have your event ID badge.
  • Make sure that each member knows which hotel they are staying at, but tell them not to give any specific details to any unknown individuals.
  • Please make sure to have a form of identification while on-site. If you’re carrying a passport, we suggest making a color photocopy of your passports to have just in case, if needed.  
  • For international students speaking languages other than English, consider equipping them with an English translation of their name, group leader name and contact information.
  • Rely on any uniformed staff for assistance if you have a question or concern.

Familiarize yourself with the CID Safety Ambassadors.  You will see them throughout the city wearing yellow jackets. They can assist when needed or can summon the police.

You should report any suspicious person or activity to the nearest law enforcement officer, or call Kansas City Police at (816) 234-5400.

A clear bag policy will be in effect at the Sprint Center. Each team will receive a clear bag at registration. Team Members should plan to bring minimal items. All items holding pins will have to be removable and must be easily examined. To avoid long wait times, please refrain from placing any pins on any articles of clothing that cannot be removed. Pin binders will not be allowed into the arena, so we encourage you to place pins on a pin towel, lanyard or in your clear, approved plastic bag. For all Sprint Center prohibited items, click here.

In the event of an emergency at Global Finals, all Team Managers registered in the emergency system will receive a phone call or text message. Team Managers sign up by entering their phone numbers online when registering their teams.

Nearest Downtown Urgent Care/Hospitals
• Sprint Center Urgent Care 1407 Grand Blvd..….816-268-4295
• Children’s Mercy, 2401 Gillham Rd…… 816-234-3000
• KU Med Ctr, 3901 Rainbow Blvd……… 816-588-5000
• Truman Med Center, 2301 Holmes St…..816-556-3000

Other Urgent Care/Hospitals in Kansas City Metro Area
• North Kansas City Hospital, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive…..816-691-2098
• Center Point Hospital, 19600 E 39th St., Independence….816-698-7000
• St. Luke’s Hospital, 4401 Wornall Rd.…..816-932-2000

Pharmacies
• CVS….. 10th&Main………………………. 816-842-2514
• CVS…..1914 Swift St, North Kansas City ….816-221-1603
• Walgreens..….3845 Broadway…………. 816-561-6980

Other Emergency Numbers
• Kansas City Police & Fire……..911 in an emergency
• Kansas City Police Communications Supv.
  (non-emergency number) ……………….816-889-6160
• Non-Emergency Police………………….. 816-234-5111
• Police Communications Unit Supervisor…….816-889-6160
• Dental Hotline………………………………816-737-5353