NCAA Unveils 2013 Women's Final Four Logo park
The 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four logo was unveiled Thursday by the NCAA and the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee at the Dryades YMCA. The unveiling was part of a celebration of women's basketball being put on by the NCAA and the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee, comprised of Tulane University, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and included a youth clinic at the Dryades YMCA.
Limited tickets for the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four are still available. Prices start at $125 which includes the full weekend – three games.
The 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four logo pays tribute to the history of New Orleans and includes the fleur-di-lis and wrought iron design that is embedded in the culture of the city. The primary logo colors are yellow, orange, grey and blue.
"As the first city selected to host three NCAA Women's Final Fours, we are thankful and excited for the opportunity to showcase New Orleans' unique food, music and culture through this world-class event," said Kim Boyle, chair of the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee. "Events such as the NCAA Women's Final Four are major contributors to our local economy and puts New Orleans center stage, serving as a catalyst to the growth of our city and providing us with the leverage needed to continue marketing New Orleans as a premier sporting and hospitality destination."
New Orleans will serve as host to the Women's Final Four for a record third time, with the city previously hosting in 1991 at the Kiefer Lakefront UNO Arena and in 2004 at New Orleans Arena. No other city has hosted more than twice. The 2013 Women's Final Four will be played on April 7 and 9 at the New Orleans Arena.
"The Road to New Orleans has begun," said Carolayne Henry, chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee and associate commissioner at the Mountain West Conference. "New Orleans has certainly proven itself a great host to world class events and we expect nothing different when it hosts the premiere women's sporting event in the country in 2013."
"It is an honor to serve as honorary chair for this event – which features the best of women's college basketball while showcasing our great city to sports fans from across the country," said Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. "With its world-renowned restaurants, hotels and cultural attractions, New Orleans is the ideal location for an event of this magnitude. We look forward to welcoming NCAA women's basketball fans to one of America's great cities."
About the NCAA and Division I Women's Basketball
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.
For the latest news in regard to the Women's Final Four, visit www.NCAA.com/finalfour.
About Tulane University
Founded in 1834, Tulane is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Tulane takes pride in being a part of this select group of universities with "pre-eminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research." Tulane schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine and public health and tropical medicine.
About Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier bowl games in the country, having hosted 23 national champions, 82 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 78-year history. The Bowl will host the 79th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 2, 2013. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.
About Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation
Organized in August 1988, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to attract and manage sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater New Orleans area. Since 1988, the GNOSF has turned a $25 million investment, from public and private sources, into a $1 billion economic impact.