Pauley Pavilion will be more fan-friendly to UCLA students this upcoming season, as the school announced changes to the student section on Monday afternoon.
The sideline opposite the benches and scorer’s table will be student seating (Sections 113-117). Those five sections will be joined by other student sections 120-123 on the baseline, behind the back the Bruins shoot at during the second half. The section above that baseline area, Section 222, will continue to be student seating.
“With a premium being placed on lower level seating around the country due to rising costs across college athletics, it’s easy to forget about what makes our game-day experience so unique – the students,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “Given that we have a tremendous student body, loyal alumni and faithful fans, we are excited to go against the grain and carve out this additional premium seating for our students. You never know if your classmate is going to be the next Kevin Love or Russell Westbrook here at UCLA, so we want our students to have the opportunity to see the next great Bruin-turned-NBA star up close and personal at Pauley Pavilion.”
Pauley Pavilion under went major renovations in 2010, adding additional seating and a new video board among other changes. Those renovations ran an upwards of $136 million. Two months ago, a water main break on Sunset Boulevard flooded the historic venue.
Pauley Pavilion will be ready for UCLA’s home opener against Montana State on Nov. 14.
On Tuesday evening, a huge water main break on Sunset Boulevard flooded the UCLA campus. The water poured onto the campus for more than an hour, making its way to the UCLA athletic fields and into the famous Pauley Pavilion.
The 30-inch water main ruptured just before 4 p.m. in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard and blew open a 15-foot sinkhole, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Pauley Pavilion opened in 1965, and went under massive and expensive renovations in 2010. The revamped Pauley Pavilion reopened in Nov. 2012. It cost $136 million to renovate the arena and add new locker rooms, concession stands, and video boards.
A statement from UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero: “At this hour, we are still gathering information and, to the extent possible, assessing the damage to our athletic facilities affected by the water main break. Regarding specific inquiries and concerns about Pauley Pavilion, most people are aware by now that the floor and locker rooms sustained significant flooding. The water will be removed from the floor tonight. We will then reassess the situation tomorrow morning and be able to provide additional information at the appropriate time.”
Here are the photos from the flooding, in and outside, of the historic venue, the first being the floor of the locker room. Not good:
UCLA opened the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion this week, just in time for the start of the 2012-13 basketball season. The school added more than 1,000 seats, along with other upgrades that have made it state of the art.