Bruins and sports fans alike can rejoice in the reopening of the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. The $136 million project to upgrade the arena started in May 2010 and took approximately 33 months to complete. The doors will finally open for two games this weekend, with the men and women’s basketball teams being the first to compete in the revamped center.
The pavilion, which originally opened in July 1965, now holds 1,000 more seats (for a total of 13,800) all in shades of blue, with one golden seat honoring beloved UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who passed away in 2010. Wooden is also memorialized with an 8-foot-tall bronze statue outside the stadium. A new concourse winds around the building and includes a Championship Wall that recognizes the 108 NCAA Team Championships and includes Wooden Way, made with wood from the old flooring from the basketball court.
“The intent was to keep the impression that you’re still in the Pauley Pavilion with a lot of pop and sizzle,” said Nick Ammazzalorso, executive director of athletic communications for the university. “We’ve been able to accomplish that by adding new elements to the concourse but also keeping the original look and feel. Yes, it’s a brand new building but yes, you know you’re in Pauley Pavilion.”
Photographs by Reed Hutchinson/UCLA