TAMPA, Fla. - The NCAA, in conjunction with the University of South Florida and the Tampa Local Organizing Committee (TLOC), unveiled the 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four logo today at the St. Pete Times Forum during a basketball doubleheader which was conducted at the facility. The University of South Florida women’s basketball team fell to No. 12 Vanderbilt 76-68, while the defending National Champion Florida Gators defeated Florida A&M University 72-57. A USF Women’s Basketball record breaking home crowd of 15,344 were in attendance for the memorable event.
The 2008 Women’s Final Four logo features a freshly picked orange, sliced open to reveal a basketball. The primary colors are orange, green, cream, black and blue.
“Given that this is the first time the State of Florida has hosted a Women’s Final Four, we are honored to be the host institution for the event,” said Doug Woolard, director of athletics at South Florida. “Women’s basketball continues to grow in popularity and the focus of the nation will be on Tampa in 2008.”
South Florida and the TLOC are the hosts for the 2008 Women’s Final Four which will be played on April 6 and 8 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Forum will be set for a seating capacity of approximately 21,000. An estimated 5,000 of those seats will be allocated to the general public through the random computerized drawing administered by the NCAA national office.
“Hosting the NCAA Women’s Final Four is an amazing opportunity for Tampa Bay. It is one of the most exciting and important sporting events in our country and we are thrilled to partner with the NCAA and look forward to creating a memorable experience for all involved,” said Rob Higgins, executive director, Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
The Women’s Final Four has sold out the last 15 years, including the upcoming 2007 Women’s Final Four, which will be played in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena on April 1 and 3.
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 380,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 49,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III.