The NCAA on Thursday morning unveiled the logo for the 2023 Men’s Final Four, which will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston on April 1-3.
This marks the fourth time that Houston will host the Final Four, having also crowned a national champion in 1971, 2011 and 2016. The 1971 event took place at the Astrodome, while the last two took place at NRG Stadium – which was known as Reliant Stadium in 2011.
“We are thrilled to bring the Final Four back to the city of Houston, which has a rich history of hosting the event,” NCAA senior vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement. “It was 50 years ago when UCLA won its fifth consecutive national title. Ten years ago, it was UConn cutting down the nets, followed five years later by the classic Villanova-North Carolina title game that will go down as one of the great conclusions to a championship game in sports history.
“Now, in just 16 months, Houston will be the center of the college basketball universe again. We are thrilled for the city and the quartet of institutions that will host another world-class event that will create countless memories for tens of thousands of people in the area.”
The logo itself draws inspiration from the Texas flag, with a red, white and blue color scheme. It is in the shape of a hexagon and features orbiting rings as a nod to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the mission patches worn by astronauts.
There are four stars at the top of the logo, which represent the four times that Houston has hosted the event and the four teams competing for the title. It is complete with a Final Four wordmark at the center and a bracket signifying the semifinal games leading to the national championship to the left.
Before heading to Houston, this year’s Final Four will be held in New Orleans. Future sites include Phoenix in 2024, San Antonio in 2025 and Indianapolis in 2026.
Photos courtesy @FinalFour on Twitter.