The NCAA on Monday evening revealed the court design for the 2022 Men’s Final Four, which will take place at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on April 2 and 4.
At the center of the two-tone wood court is the Final Four logo, which was inspired by the wrought-iron balconies seen throughout the French Quarter and includes a crescent moon in the basketball as a nod to New Orleans’ nickname of the Crescent City.
The logo’s dark purple, green and yellow color palette is carried over to the baselines and sidelines, which uses a geometric patterning as a “play on the architecture” of the city and a splash of light purple.
The court, which is manufactured by Connor Sports and is made entirely from sugar maple trees from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is complete with “New Orleans” and “The Road Ends Here” on opposing sidelines and “NCAA Men’s Final Four” on the baselines.
The 2022 NCAA Tournament opens this evening with No. 16 seeds Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi and Texas Southern going head to head at the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. Tipoff is set for 6:40 p.m. on truTV.
That game is followed by No. 12 seeds Indiana vs. Wyoming at approximately 9:10 p.m., while No. 16 seeds Bryant vs. Wright State and No. 11 seeds Notre Dame vs. Rutgers play consecutive games tomorrow. Those also tip off at 6:40 and 9:10 p.m., respectively, on truTV.
This year’s Final Four will be the sixth in New Orleans, which hosted the event in 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003 and 2012. Future sites include Houston in 2023, Phoenix in 2024, San Antonio in 2025 and Indianapolis in 2026.
Photo courtesy of @MFinalFour on Twitter.