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RE: 2023-26 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sites: Guesses
Here's my list:

Things I try for:
1) No arena hosts more than once every three years just to give more arenas/cities a chance. I know the NCAA doesn't do this. Multiple sites in the same metropolitan area are allowed as are rehearsal sites for the Final Four (the NCAA seems to have gotten away from it but when I went to the NCAA bid site it looks like they want to do it in the next cycle).

2) Try to let arenas that haven't host regionals get a chance or those who haven't in a long time the chance to do so rather than the same ones always doing so.

3) At least 15,000 capacity is required. If you see an arena with under 15,000 listed, let me know and I'll replace it.

Most recent hosting in (). The sites in 2026 without a year were chosen in 2023. I have three new cities (Cincinnati was chosen in 2022 but was postponed).

2023:

1st/2nd Rounds:
Prudential Center, Newark (2011)
Carrier Dome, Syracuse (2015)
Heritage Bank Center, Cincinnati (Never)
Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln (Never)
State Farm Arena, Atlanta (2018, FF at Mercedez Benz Stadium 2020)
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (2016)
Honda Center, Anaheim (2019)
Seattle Center Arena, Seattle (2015)

Regionals:
Spectrum Center, Charlotte (2018)
Amway Center, Orlando (2017)
Enterprise Center, St. Louis (2020)
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix (2012, FF at University of Phoenix Stadium 2017)

Final Four: NRG Stadium, Houston (Announced)

2024:

1st/2nd Rounds:

XL Center, Hartford (2019)
Capital One Arena, Washington (2019)
Target Center or Xcel Energy Center, Minneapolis (2021)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (2019)
American Airlines Arena or BB&T Center, Miami (2009)
AT & T Center, San Antonio (2022)
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (Never)
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City (2019)

Regionals:

TD Garden, Boston (2018)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus (2019)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (2018)
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento (2020)

Final Four:
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ (announced)

2025:

1st/2nd Rounds:
KeyBank Center, Buffalo (2020)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (2022)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (2022)
Intrust Bank Center, Wichita (2021)
KFC Yum Arena, Louisville (2019)
FedEx Forum, Memphis (2021)
Pepsi Center, Denver (2021)
The Pit, Albuquerque (2012)

Regionals:
PNC Arena, Raleigh (2021)
Amalie Arena, Tampa (2020)
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee (2022)
Moda Center, Portland (2022)

Final Four:
Alamodome, San Antonio (Announced)

Regionals:

2026:

1st/2nd Rounds:
Barclay's Center, Brooklyn (2021)
Spectrum Center, Charlotte
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland (2020)
United Center, Chicago (2022)
Amway Center, Orlando
BOK Center, Tulsa (2019)
Chase Center, San Francisco (2022)
Seattle Center Arena, Seattle

Regionals:
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh (2022)
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit (2021)
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (2012, FF at Mercedes Benz Superdome 2022)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (2020)

Final Four:
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (Announced)

Final Four
2027 Final Four: Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park
2028 Final Four: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta
2029 Final Four: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
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(04-24-2019 12:38 PM)BePcr07 Wrote:  Exactly what I was thinking..

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RE: 2023-26 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sites: Guesses
New for the women's tournament starting in 2023:
https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/champio...082319.pdf

"Effective for the 2023 championship and beyond, the regional rounds of the Division I Women’s Basketball
Championship will be held at two sites with eight teams competing at each site This adjustment to the regional format
will:
• Elevate and enhance the student-athlete experience.
• Create opportunity for fan engagement, growth of the sport and the championship through an increased
focus on developing annually two regional markets.
• Support building the brand of women’s basketball within the host cities.
• Provide opportunities to expand established community programming and create new programming
targeting strategic plan initiatives (for example, coach and officiating pipelines, student-athlete career
development and health and well-being).
• Enhanced broadcast coverage of the championship."

I don't know how this makes it better.

"Assignment of Teams. A team may not be assigned to play in any arena in which it has played more than three regular season games, not including conference postseason tournaments. (Reference: Division I Women’s Basketball Selection, Seeding and Bracketing Policies and Procedures)"

Say goodbye to regionals in the state of Connecticut.

2023:

Regionals: Allstate Arena, Chicago and Moda Center, Portland
Final Four: American Airlines Center, Dallas (Announced)

2024:

Regionals: Spectrum Center, Charlotte and Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Final Four: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland (Announced)

2025:

Regionals: Times Union Center, Albany and Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Final Four: Chase Center, San Francisco

2026:

Regionals: State Farm Arena, Atlanta and Pepsi Center, Denver
Final Four: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Last Women's Final Four in a Western site: 2012 (Denver)
Last Women's Final Four in the Pacific Time Zone: 1999 (San Jose)
Last Women's Final Four in the Northeast: 2006 (Boston)

2026 is the 350th anniversary of the birth of the US. MLB announced Philly is hosting the 2026 All Star Game. It would be good for them to also get the Women's Final Four the same year.
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Hey Schmolik, Philadelphia is not a finalist for the Women's Final Four in 2026: Columbus, Phoenix, Portland, and Tampa are finalists.
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(02-22-2020 11:52 AM)Rube Dali Wrote:  Hey Schmolik, Philadelphia is not a finalist for the Women's Final Four in 2026: Columbus, Phoenix, Portland, and Tampa are finalists.

2023:

Regionals: Allstate Arena, Chicago and Chase Center, San Francisco
Final Four: American Airlines Center, Dallas (Announced)

2024:

Regionals: Times Union Center, Albany and Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Final Four: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland (Announced)

2025:

Regionals: Spectrum Center, Charlotte and Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Final Four: Moda Center, Portland

2026:

Regionals: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia and Pepsi Center, Denver
Final Four: Amalie Arena, Tampa
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(02-22-2020 12:19 PM)schmolik Wrote:  
(02-22-2020 11:52 AM)Rube Dali Wrote:  Hey Schmolik, Philadelphia is not a finalist for the Women's Final Four in 2026: Columbus, Phoenix, Portland, and Tampa are finalists.

2023:

Regionals: Allstate Arena, Chicago and Chase Center, San Francisco
Final Four: American Airlines Center, Dallas (Announced)

2024:

Regionals: Times Union Center, Albany and Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Final Four: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland (Announced)

2025:

Regionals: Spectrum Center, Charlotte and Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Final Four: Moda Center, Portland

2026:

Regionals: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia and Pepsi Center, Denver
Final Four: Amalie Arena, Tampa

Switch out North Charleston or Greenville for Charlotte as a regional site along with including the Uncasville regional one year and I'd buy it.
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(02-22-2020 04:07 PM)whittx Wrote:  
(02-22-2020 12:19 PM)schmolik Wrote:  
(02-22-2020 11:52 AM)Rube Dali Wrote:  Hey Schmolik, Philadelphia is not a finalist for the Women's Final Four in 2026: Columbus, Phoenix, Portland, and Tampa are finalists.

2023:

Regionals: Allstate Arena, Chicago and Chase Center, San Francisco
Final Four: American Airlines Center, Dallas (Announced)

2024:

Regionals: Times Union Center, Albany and Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Final Four: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland (Announced)

2025:

Regionals: Spectrum Center, Charlotte and Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Final Four: Moda Center, Portland

2026:

Regionals: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia and Pepsi Center, Denver
Final Four: Amalie Arena, Tampa

Switch out North Charleston or Greenville for Charlotte as a regional site along with including the Uncasville regional one year and I'd buy it.

Who would host Uncasville instead of UConn?
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(02-22-2020 04:39 PM)schmolik Wrote:  
(02-22-2020 04:07 PM)whittx Wrote:  
(02-22-2020 12:19 PM)schmolik Wrote:  
(02-22-2020 11:52 AM)Rube Dali Wrote:  Hey Schmolik, Philadelphia is not a finalist for the Women's Final Four in 2026: Columbus, Phoenix, Portland, and Tampa are finalists.

2023:

Regionals: Allstate Arena, Chicago and Chase Center, San Francisco
Final Four: American Airlines Center, Dallas (Announced)

2024:

Regionals: Times Union Center, Albany and Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Final Four: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland (Announced)

2025:

Regionals: Spectrum Center, Charlotte and Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Final Four: Moda Center, Portland

2026:

Regionals: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia and Pepsi Center, Denver
Final Four: Amalie Arena, Tampa

Switch out North Charleston or Greenville for Charlotte as a regional site along with including the Uncasville regional one year and I'd buy it.

Who would host Uncasville instead of UConn?

Ok, Bridgeport with the MAAC hosting.
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RE: 2023-26 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sites: Guesses
Updated to try to give preference to the sites that lost the 2020 Tournament but with the 15,000 minimum attendance rule:

2023:

1st/2nd Rounds:
Prudential Center, Newark (2011)
Times Union Center, Albany (2003) (Cancelled 2020)
Heritage Bank Center, Cincinnati (Never)
Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln (Never)
State Farm Arena, Atlanta (2018, FF Cancelled at Mercedez Benz Stadium 2020)
Alltel Arena, Little Rock (2008)
Honda Center, Anaheim (2019)
Seattle Center Arena, Seattle (2015)

Regionals:
Spectrum Center, Charlotte (2018)
Enterprise Center, St. Louis (2016) (Cancelled 2020)
Amalie Arena, Tampa (2011) (Cancelled 2020)
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix (2012, FF at University of Phoenix Stadium 2017) (Rehearsal for Final Four)

Final Four: NRG Stadium, Houston (Announced)

2024:

1st/2nd Rounds:

XL Center, Hartford (2019)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro (2012) (Cancelled 2020)
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland (2015) (Cancelled 2020)
Chi Health Center, Omaha (2018) (Canceled 2020)
American Airlines Arena or BB&T Center, Miami (2009)
AT & T Center, San Antonio (2022) (Rehearsal for Final Four)
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (Never)
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City (2019)

Regionals:

TD Garden, Boston (2018)
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit (2021)
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento (2017) (Cancelled 2020)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (2018)

Final Four:
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ (announced)

2025:

1st/2nd Rounds:
Carrier Dome, Syracuse (2015)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (2022)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (2022) (Rehearsal for Final Four)
Target Center or Xcel Energy Center, Minneapolis (2021)
KFC Yum Arena, Louisville (2019)
FedEx Forum, Memphis (2021)
Pepsi Center, Denver (2021)
Chase Center, San Francisco (2022)

Regionals:
PNC Arena, Raleigh (2021)
Amway Center, Orlando (2017)
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee (2022)
Moda Center, Portland (2022)

Final Four:
Alamodome, San Antonio (Announced)

Regionals:

2026:

1st/2nd Rounds:
Barclay's Center, Brooklyn (2021)
Capital One Arena, Washington (2019)
United Center, Chicago (2022)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (2019)
State Farm Center, Atlanta (Rehearsal for Final Four)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (2021)
The Pit, Albuquerque (2012)
Seattle Center Arena, Seattle

Regionals:
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh (2022)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus (2019)
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (2016)
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Final Four:
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (Announced)

Final Four
2027 Final Four: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta
2028 Final Four: Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park
2029 Final Four: AT&T Stadium, Arlington

How do you feel about having the Final Four in the Los Angeles area the same year as the Olympics? It also gives Atlanta first dibs on a Final Four.

I decided on Newark and Brooklyn (2026) instead of Madison Square Garden and Anaheim instead of the Staples Center. The Staples Center likely would host in 2027 as the rehearsal for the 2028 Final Four under this plan.
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(03-13-2020 05:28 PM)schmolik Wrote:  Updated to try to give preference to the sites that lost the 2020 Tournament but with the 15,000 minimum attendance rule:

2023:

1st/2nd Rounds:

Heritage Bank Center, Cincinnati (Never)

It was formerly known both as Riverfront Arena, The Crown, Firstar Center, and US Bank Coliseum. It has hosted the Men's tournament in 1979, 1987. 1988, and 1992 and the 1997 Women's Final Four.
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All the 2020 sites should be awarded 2027.
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Look for the sites to be released on Wednesday:

https://www.sportstravelmagazine.com/nca...ctober-14/
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(04-24-2019 12:14 PM)Rube Dali Wrote:  With the NCAA a year away from choosing the next round of Division I Men's Basketball tournament sites, I've decided to make my predictions on who will host what over the next schedule cycle of 2023 to 2026.

2023-26 First Four
UD Arena
Dayton
University of Dayton

2023
1st/2nd Rounds(3-16/18):
Honda Center
Anaheim
Big West Conference
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines
Iowa State
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro
Atlantic Coast Conference
AmericanAirlinesArena
Miami
University of Miami
1/2nd Rounds(3-17/19):
Key Bank Center
Buffalo
Canisius University, Niagara University and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Van Andel Arena(NEW)
Grand Rapids
Western Michigan University
T-Mobile Arena(NEW)
Las Vegas
UNLV
FedExForum
Memphis
University of Memphis

East Regional(3-23/25)
PPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
West Regional(3-23/25)
Seattle Center Coliseum
Seattle
University of Washington
Midwest Regional(3-24/26)
Sprint Center
Kansas City
Big 12 Conference
South Regional(3-24/26)
Rupp Arena
Lexington
University of Kentucky

2024
1st/2nd Rounds(3-21/23)
Taco Bell Arena
Boise
Boise State University
Xfinity Center(NEW)
College Park, MD
University of Maryland, College Park
Fiserv Forum
Milwaukee
Marquette University
Amalie Arena
Tampa
University of South Florida
1st/2nd Round(3-22/24)
Nationwide Arena
Columbus
The Ohio State University
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Greenville, SC
Furman University and Southern Conference
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City
University of Oklahoma
SAP Center at San Jose
San Jose
West Coast Conference

South Regional(3-28/30)
State Farm Arena
Atlanta
Georgia Institute of Technology
West Regional(3-28/30)
Moda Center
Portland
Oregon State University
East Regional(3-29/31)
TD Arena
Boston
Harvard University
Midwest Regional(3-29/31)
Enterprise Center
St. Louis
Saint Louis University

2025
1st/2nd Rounds(3-20/22)
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit
University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans
Tulane University
Dunkin Donuts Center
Providence
Providence College
Viejas Arena
San Diego
San Diego State University
1st/2nd Rounds(3-21/23)
Amway Center
Orlando
Stetson University and University of Central Florida
PNC Arena
Raleigh
North Carolina State University
Spokane Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Spokane
University of Idaho
InTrust Bank Arena
Wichita
Wichita State University

Midwest Regional(3-27/29)
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis
Horizon League and IUPUI
West Regional(3-27/29)
Chase Center
San Francisco
Stanford University
East Regional(3-28/30)
Madison Square Garden
New York
Big East Conference and St. John's University
South Regional(3-28/30)
American Airlines Center
Dallas
Southern Methodist University

2026

1st/2nd Rounds(3-19/21)
Spectrum Center
Charlotte
Davidson College
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cleveland
Cleveland State University
CHI Health Center Omaha
Omaha
Creighton University
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City
University of Utah
1st/2nd Rounds(3-20/22)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
Atlantic 10 Conference
Pepsi Center
Denver
Mountain West Conference
Target Center
Minneapolis
OR
Xcel Energy Center(NEW?)
St. Paul
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
Ohio Valley Conference

East Regional(3-26/28)
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
Saint Joseph's University
West Regional(3-26/28)
Las Vegas Stadium(NEW?)
Las Vegas
UNLV
OR
Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park(NEW?)
Inglewood, CA
University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California
Midwest Regional(3-27/29)
United Center
Chicago
Big Ten Conference
South Regional(3-27/29)
KFC! Yum Center
Louisville
University of Louisville

Your thoughts?

EDIT(5-7): swapped Memphis and New Orleans


Quality work, RDali. You put some time and effort into this and I give you full credit for doing so. And your locations/facilities seem plausible.
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(05-10-2019 10:26 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  
(05-10-2019 10:01 PM)Wedge Wrote:  For what it's worth: Not March Madness yet, but Las Vegas is planning to bid to host the Frozen Four and NCAA hockey regionals.

Quote:The Golden Knights are the most in-demand team for the second year in a row, according to StubHub data. Vegas is outselling the Toronto Maple Leafs, the second-top-selling team, by 27 percent. This marks the first time a team has topped StubHub's NHL list two seasons in a row since the Chicago Blackhawks reigned from 2014-2016. Meanwhile, Vivid Seats reports that it has seen double the volume of sales for the Golden Knights as their No. 2-selling team, the New York Rangers.

Vegas has absolutely killed it as a hockey city. NHL hit a grand slam going there (and Nashville).


I have been extremely pleased — as a long-time Nashvillian — to see how the NHL has been embraced here. We had a "pro hockey culture" here since the late 1960s (with minor league hockey) so there was a "base" on which to build an NHL franchise. But the acceptance of NHL hockey in the city has been stronger than I would have thought. Lots of folks here truly care about the Preds and, in general, the NHL.

Agree on Vegas. A strong choice.
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Late 60’s Nashville was like a one stoplight town. It took a bunch of people from up north to turn Nashville into a “hockey town”.
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Nashville is the type of town where a person moves there from San Diego, then has the gall the very next year to complain about all the people moving there.
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Since we're talking Frozen Four sites, my guesses:

2023
T-Mobile Arena(Las Vegas)
2024
Little Caesars Arena(Detroit)
2025
Madison Square Garden(New York City)(Why not?)
2026
Xcel Energy Center(St. Paul)(if they're bidding, if not, Bridgestone Arena(Nashville))
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Surprise of today's release: SoFi Stadium did not get a regional(LA is hosting in 2024, but at Staples Center). Sign that the NCAA doesn't think the stadium can host due to the opening that allows air inside? I know they tried to bid for a Final Four from 2023-26, but surely the stadium could host.
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From my list above, the most notable missing cities from the cycle are Minneapolis and Nashville.

Cincinnati was denied in the cycle. They were awarded a bid in 2022 but because their renovations fell behind schedule their games were moved to Indianapolis. The last time they hosted was 1988.
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/...398559002/

I'm not sure why Lincoln doesn't host the NCAA Tournament. Are they even bidding?

I also suggested Hartford. They finally got to host in 2019 but were shut out 2023-26. Others I suggested that missed the cut were Syracuse, Albuquerque, Little Rock, and Anaheim (of course Los Angeles will host).

Meanwhile, it seems like the same cities dominate the regional sites. North Carolina continually gets shut out. I'm sure North Carolina and/or Duke would love to play a regional in Charlotte or Raleigh rather than the 1st/2nd round. All four East Regional sites are once again in the Northeast. The last regional in North Carolina was 2008 (Charlotte). Raleigh last hosted the East Regional in 1982. Las Vegas is new and among old arenas only Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit will get to host a regional for the first time (Detroit area will get to host for the first time since 2008). Meanwhile the New York metro gets two regionals and the Bay Area gets back to back regionals.
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RE: 2023-26 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Sites: Guesses
(10-14-2020 03:20 PM)schmolik Wrote:  Meanwhile, it seems like the same cities dominate the regional sites. North Carolina continually gets shut out. I'm sure North Carolina and/or Duke would love to play a regional in Charlotte or Raleigh rather than the 1st/2nd round. All four East Regional sites are once again in the Northeast. The last regional in North Carolina was 2008 (Charlotte). Raleigh last hosted the East Regional in 1982. Las Vegas is new and among old arenas only Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit will get to host a regional for the first time (Detroit area will get to host for the first time since 2008). Meanwhile the New York metro gets two regionals and the Bay Area gets back to back regionals.

I was about to say the same. I took one look at the new rotation and it looked awfully familiar to past years. Pretty boring.

It's partially why I wouldn't mind NCAA Tournament expansion, just to add more sites and flavor.
10-14-2020 04:47 PM
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