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The 2022 Final Four is headed to New Orleans

NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02: Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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The NCAA announced on Thursday that the 2022 Final Four will be held in New Orleans.

It’s the sixth time that the Big Easy has hosted the Final Four, the last one coming in 2012, when Kentucky beat Kansas for the national title.

“New Orleans has an incredibly rich history of hosting the Final Four, and for a variety of reasons it was determined that 2022 was the perfect year to bring the event back to the Crescent City,” said Dan Gavitt, vice president for men’s basketball championships. “New Orleans is a festive place that embraces this event and makes it special for participating student-athletes and fans. With a little luck, we’ll get some of the same Final Four magic we’ve been treated to in the past.”

“With the Final Four competing for many of the same venues that host major events such as the Super Bowl and College Football Playoff, we did not want to wait until 2018 to make the announcement for the 2022 Final Four.”

Phoenix, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Indianapolis will host the Final Fours from 2017-21. The 2023-25 Final Fours will be announced next summer.

New Orleans is one of the best cities in America to host an event like this. Not only is there an unbelievable amount of great restaurants and bars, but everything in the city is within walking distance. You don’t have to rent a car to get to the game if you have a hotel near the entertainment centers.