New Orleans Men's Final Four Logo for 2012 Unveiled park
The NCAA and the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee today unveiled the logo for the 2012 Final Four, the 74th championship in the event's history and the fifth time it will be played in New Orleans at the Louisiana Superdome.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is key part of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2012 Final Four, teaming with Tulane, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and many other New Orleans organizations to ensure another successful event in the Crescent City.
New Orleans has a long history of hosting the men's basketball championship. In fact, 2012 will mark the 70th anniversary of the first time the city served as a tournament host. Tulane University's Fogelman Arena was the site of the 1942 Eastern Regional. The university is still involved seven decades later, serving as the host institution for the 2012 Final Four.
This Final Four will be the 13th time the championship will come to New Orleans, including the third consecutive year championship rounds have been held in the Crescent City. The city hosted regionals in 1942, 1981 and 1990 and will host the Southeast Regional in March. New Orleans was a first- and second-round host in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2010, and it hosted the Final Four in 1982, 1987, 1993 and 2003.
New Orleans has been the site for some of the most memorable moments in Final Four history, including Michael Jordan's jumper in the waning seconds that lifted the University of North Carolina over Georgetown University in 1982, Keith Smart's buzzer-beater that gave Indiana University a victory over Syracuse University in the 1987 title game, and Hakim Warrick's blocked shot that preserved Syracuse's win over the University of Kansas in 2003. The city has hosted Final Four coaches such as Bobby Knight, Dean Smith, John Thompson, Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams, and student-athletes such as Patrick Ewing, James Worthy, Steve Alford and Carmelo Anthony.
Members of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, including current chair Gene Smith, director of athletics at The Ohio State University and 2011-12 chair Jeff Hathaway, director of athletics at the University of Connecticut, attended the logo unveiling ceremony. They were joined by members of the Tulane athletic department, led by athletics director Rick Dickson, as well as the Tulane marching band and cheerleaders; members of the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee, including chairman John Koerner; and students from Lafayette and Jefferson Elementary Schools, who were special guests of the city and the NCAA.
"The late NCAA president Myles Brand knew the association could play a significant role in the recovery process for the city of New Orleans by bringing the Final Four to the city," said Smith. "It's wonderful for the city to be able to host this event, as well as the 2013 Women's Final Four, to assist in the ongoing recovery efforts. The city has a proven track record of successfully hosting multiple major sporting events, and there's no doubt the 2012 Final Four will be an exceptional event."
The 2012 Final Four will begin March 31 with two national semifinals games, followed by the national championship game April 2. Fans hoping for a chance to receive tickets to the 2012 Final Four can apply for the NCAA's random selection process, which takes place online at www.ncaa.com between March 21 and May 31, 2011. Tickets are still available for the 2011 Southeast Regional, which will take place at New Orleans Arena. The ticket price is $168 and includes the two regional semifinals on Thursday, March 24 and the regional championship game on Saturday, March 26. To purchase tickets, visit www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets .