The NCAA on Wednesday afternoon unveiled the logo for the 2022 Men’s Final Four, which will be held on April 2 and 4 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
“We are thrilled to bring the Final Four back to the great city and people of New Orleans,” NCAA senior vice president Dan Gavitt said in a statement. “The rich history of the Final Four in this city has us excited for the great moments to come in 2022.”
This will be the sixth time New Orleans has hosted the event, having done so in 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003 and 2012.
“The Superdome has played host to five previous Final Fours with unforgettable moments from players such as Michael Jordan, Keith Smart, Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis,” said Jeff Rossi, senior vice president of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and executive director of New Orleans Local Organizing Committee. “(We’re) incredibly excited to bring events of this caliber to our great city that not only help our local economy, but also attract millions of broadcast viewers and create great experiences for our community.”
As for the logo, it features the official colors of Mardi Gras, with the Final Four wordmark prominently displayed on top of a purple rhombus with green and gold brackets on both sides – which appropriately signifies the semifinal games – as well as green and gold marks that replicate the wrought-iron balconies seen throughout the French Quarter.
There is also a crescent moon in the basketball, which seemingly pulls inspiration from New Orleans’ nickname of the Crescent City.
This season’s Final Four will be held in Indianapolis, while future sites include Houston in 2023, Phoenix in 2004, San Antonio in 2025 and Indianapolis (again) in 2026. It remains to be seen if Atlanta, which was supposed to host the 2020 Final Four before it was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, will jump ahead of any of those locations.
Photo courtesy of @FinalFour on Twitter.