The NCAA unveiled the logo for next year’s 2022 Women’s Final Four earlier this month, the annual tournament will be held in Minneapolis on April 1 and April 3, 2022 at the Target Center.
The logo, designed by Section 127 out of Indianapolis, plays up Minnesota’s northern setting. The three different shades of blue used throughout give the impression of a colder location, the shape of the logo is that of a compass (with the indicator pointing to the north), and the North Star is present at the bottom in blue on a basketball.
Other bits of symbolism include four small stars representing the final four teams as well an orange bracket showing the Final Four and the Final rounds of the tournament. The Stone Arch Bridge, an old railway bridge in Downtown Minneapolis still used today as a cycling and pedestrian bridge is also featured in the logo shown spanning high above the Mississippi River which has its headwaters in the state of Minnesota.
“Our women’s basketball community is excited to return to Minnesota, which has a long history of love and support for the game,” said Lynn Holzman, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball, in the official release. “We look forward to working with our host school in Minnesota, as well as Minnesota Sports and Events, in creating a memorable experience for our teams, fans and the Twin Cities community.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the NCAA and fans back to Minneapolis to experience the 2022 Women’s Final Four,” said Wendy Blackshaw, CEO of Minnesota Sports and Events and the 2022 Minnesota Local Organizing Committee. “Minnesota Sports and Events — in partnership with the local organizing committee; our host venue, Target Center; our host institution, the University of Minnesota; and our world-renowned volunteers — will ensure a world-class student-athlete, fan and visitor experience. We are excited to bring mega-events back to the region that showcase our vibrant state, support our hospitality community and attract millions of broadcast viewers.”
This will be the first time Minnesota has hosted the Women’s Final Four since 1995.