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INFO Pauley Pavilion, the sports arena of the UCLA Bruins, is one of the most legendary college courts in the nation. The 12,000-seat venue is located on the UCLA campus in Westwood, Los Angeles, and home to the school’... ... read more

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Pauley Pavilion (UCLA) - Arena in Los Angeles.

Pauley Pavilion, the sports arena of the UCLA Bruins, is one of the most legendary college courts in the nation. The 12,000-seat venue is located on the UCLA campus in Westwood, Los Angeles, and home to the school’s basketball, volleyball, and gymnastic teams.

Dedicated in 1965, Pauley Pavilion – named after the University of California Regent who donated over a fifth of the construction budget – quickly rose to prominence during the John Wooden era, in which the fabled coach led the Bruins to ten National Championships in twelve years. The arena saw the rise of basketball greats such as Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Reggie Miller, as well as current stars like Baron Davis, Kevin Love, and Russell Westbrook. Pauley Pavilion is also a place to spectate UCLA’s top-tier volleyball and gymnastics programs.

In addition to sports, their are frequent entertainment events and concerts at Pauley Pavilion, with appearances ranging from Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton to LMFAO, Jay-Z, and Rihanna. As well, the annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards are often hosted inside.

In 2012, Pauley Pavilion finished undergoing a two-year, one hundred million dollar renovation, which will propel the historic half-century-old arena into modernity and uphold its status as a major destination for college sports and entertainment.

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Lauren N. May 22, 2013
Pauley Pavilion is mind-blowing. For the time it was under construction, it made getting to class extremely difficult, but the beauty of it after opening makes me forget about the inconvenience I was under during construction. The architecture is extremely modern and it's just another reason to why UCLA is one of the greatest campuses ever (no bias, obviously). I haven't actually attended a basketball game at Pauley, but I got the opportunity to spend the day just roaming Pauley and walking all over the court for a fencing tournament. The bathrooms are really clean and spacious and the view of the whole stadium from the stands is breathtaking. Also, UCLA is really nice in lending out Pauley for dance practices and what not, which is nice when you're practicing at night and it's cold, so that's a definite plus. Thanks, UCLA!
UCLA is stepping it up!
Gor G. May 22, 2013
The newly renovated Pauley Pavilion is bigger and better! This is the best place on campus to hold an event. Whether it's a concert or a basketball game, it's awesome! It's got comfortable seats. There really isn't a bad seat in the house, because you can see the monitors from anywhere you're sitting. "Rock Pauley" has been it's motto since it's reopening and once you attend an event at Pauley, you will understand why. Pauley Pavillion is like having a Staples Center on UCLA campus. It features a wall of fame and tribute to the UCLA athletes and the wold famous coach, John Wooden. It also has a place where you can get some popcorn, pretzel or something to drink for a very affordable price. Pauley Pavilion has definitely brought a large crowd of people to UCLA campus since it's re-opening. Must go spot in LA!
Very Amazing
Gerard Nash G. May 20, 2013
I love the architectural integrity of this infrastructure. Normally, I don't partake in athletic events, but the first time I had viewed a basketball game was in this great work of art, a few days after it was built. The seating was phenomenal; despite me being near the back row of the stadium, I still had a clear view of everything and I enjoyed every minute of it. The workers there were friendly, helpful, and incredibly well-dressed, adding on to the overall experience I had at Pauley Pavilion. Whether you're watching your very first athletic event, or enjoying your 10th viewing of UCLA v. USC, I recommend this place to anyone. It's even great for other events, such as Spring Sing.
Amazing
Maggie H. May 17, 2013
This place is amazing! I'm wondering how much the money we pay has gone in to built it. Everything is brand spankin new and absolutely beautiful. They hold many sporting events here such as basketball and volleyball games. Spring Sing is being held her as well. No matter where your seat is, you're almost guaranteed a clear view. There's a statue of the amazing John Wooden right outside it. I look forward each time I get the chance to be inside the pavilion. It's breathtaking, it's beyond incredible and us UCLA students should be blessed to have such an amazing event center.
Love It!
Sandra C. May 5, 2013
Finally open from its renovation, the new and improved Pauley Pavilion is amazing. It is extremely spacious and the seating is comfortable and well-arranged. It is a beautiful new venue, and it definitely emphasizes Bruin pride. After two years, the new Pauley came back better than ever and, you're bound to enjoy the many events that will take place there in the future. Without a doubt, the new Pauley is a great sight on the UCLA campus.
Renovated and Revitalized. New Pauley is Awesome!
Duane L. Mar 25, 2013
The newly renovated Pauley Pavilion is truly state of the art and beautifully constructed. Though much of the design has remained the same as the old Pauley, everything just looks new and fresh. The old Pauley had that great traditional vibe, like you knew it had a lot of history, but at the same time it was kind of tired and it was evident the building needed a change. Fast forward two years and the new Pauley has brought that much-needed change and then some. Armed with new concessions options, a UCLA gear store, and a more modern look, Pauley has finally entered the 21st century. Come watch a UCLA basketball game or gymnastics meet; you won’t regret the experience. I can’t wait until they start holding concerts in here.
A tribute to John Wooden
Valerie Y. Mar 5, 2013
The new Pauley Pavilion is gorgeous. It is a lot more sleek and modern than the older one. And there are many pieces of tribute to the famous, gifted, deceased Basketball coach, John Wooden, which includes a statue of him in front of Pauley Pavilion, many pictures inside, and also a biography about his life, including how he met his wife. I also truly admire all the pictures of bruins that show UCLA pride. I am looking forward to Bruin Bash taking place inside again, and to all the other events (besides sports- I’m not a huge sports fan) that will be hosted at Pauley Pavilion.
Pauley!!!!
Karla E. Feb 27, 2013
As a proud Bruin I can probably sound a little biased when I say that this is the most beautiful place ever! I have only been inside the renovated Pauley Pavilion once and it has already made me fall in love! It is bright and fun and huge! There is something about the new Pauley Pavilion that just makes you want to stand up and cheer and shout all through out the games and activities. It is a large space so it is perfect for any type of activity! The downsides to anything that ever happens in Pauley is that the line is always extremely long to get in! In order to have a good seat or get a good spot for anything you have to be in line a minimum of an hour prior, and even that is usually not enough. The line can go all the way to where the Bruin Bear is at and even that is not close to an exaggeration! All in all, this is a place that will definitely fill you with blue and gold pride even if you aren't a Bruin, and will get your blood rushing and your adrenaline pumping as well!
Ucla Basketball games
Jasmit N. Feb 22, 2013
Pauley Pavilion was recently renovated. The seats are amazing. They are very comfortable. The views from the seats in the upper deck are not that great but all the other seats views are spectacular. The Ucla crowd is really loud especially the student den section. There are usually random celebrities such as former players at the games. The court is brand new and looks amazing. The food is a bit pricey for the quantity but that’s what you get when you go to a good basketball stadium. The stadium is always at a good temperature. It is not too cold or not too hot. The arena has a good vibe and it is a beautiful place to check out and to watch games.
John Wooden would be proud
Celestine A. Feb 19, 2013
With the renovations, this is a top notch facility. The scoreboards and electronic advertising boards are exciting. There's tons of memorabilia around the concourses, spotlighting the best moments of UCLA basketball. The seating is comfortable and spacey, and it's a huge space. Pauley is another reason for Bruins to be proud of their school. But the most special thing is definitely the John Wooden display case and the statue of him outside the venue -- do yourself a favor and check it out!
Newly Renovated!!
Julie T. Nov 22, 2012
So many memories here. My first time at Pauley Pavilion was my freshman year Bruin Bash with LMFAO where I somehow scored floor tickets and was dancing my butt off for hours. Since then I've gone to games, concerts, and then Pauley went under renovation. I got to go to the opening night rally with my friends. Everything was pristine and glistening with bruin pride and history. The place is modern, grand, and even has a Jamba Juice! We managed to score floor seats and took a ton of photos on the new floor with Joe Bruin. The old Pauley was already so incorporated with Los Angeles history like hosting large events like Nick Teen Choice Awards and now it is time for new memories, and new wins. Go Bruins!
A look at UCLA's "New Pauley"
Ben D. Nov 20, 2012
If Coach John Wooden were able to take his seat behind the UCLA Bruins’ bench in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion, one can only hope that he would be smiling at the efforts made by athletic director Dan Guerrero and his team to preserve the treasured history of the building. From his forever reserved yellow seat (section 104, row B, seat No. 6), Coach Wooden might wonder at all the high tech additions to his beloved home court, but he and any other Bruin supporter may rest assured that the spirit and aura of the building remain the same as each of the eight years that Wooden led the Bruins to a national title in Pauley Pavilion. From the exterior, the building appears quite different because of the brand new 70,000 square foot concourse that now wraps around the previous structure. This concourse, which is primarily housed in glass to allow viewing even when the building is closed, is not only a great area for fans to find various drinks, snacks, and use the restroom, but also serves as a hall of fame for all of the achievements of the past. Along what is now known as “Wooden Way,” visitors will find various tributes to UCLA greats of the past such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (formerly known as Lew Alcindor), Bill Walton, and Coach Wooden, as well as the wall of champions at the main entrance, which pays tribute to all 108 of UCLA’s national championships. An additional 1,000 seats have been added to bring fans closer to the gleaming new court, and the new HD scoreboard and bright LED ribbon boards circling the arena help to ensure that any seat in Pauley is a good one. The center of “Nell & John Wooden Court” now reads “UCLA Bruins” in the familiar script utilized by the university, but the old jump circle of Wooden’s time has not been forgotten. Looking down from the bottom of the new scoreboard, a recreation of the original center court jump circle, replaced in 1982, fondly smiles upon a new era of UCLA Bruin basketball. “New Pauley” saw its first NCAA action on November 9th, 2012 and will host the remaining 15 regular season home games for the Bruins (as of November 20th, 2012) in the 2012-2013 season. It is also host to many concerts and events, such as the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and UCLA’s Spring Sing. Also, be sure to check out the 11 men’s basketball national championship banners that hang in Pauley’s rafters, as well as the eight-foot tall bronze statue of Coach Wooden (sculpted by Blair Buswell) that was unveiled on October 26th, 2012, located outside the main entrance to the arena.
New and Improved
Michelle S. Nov 1, 2012
The long awaited results from the Pauley renovating project are finally here! The construction started back in mid-2010 and from Oct 28-Nov 4, students, faculty, and alumni get to attend a number of festive events as celebration of the historic reopening of the arena. For those who have been to Pauley before, the architects managed to retain the aura of the arena by keeping the general layout similar to how it was before, but everything is glossier, brighter, made to maximize audience experience and infused with newer technology. Walking into the building, you almost have to squint because the royal blue, glossy wooden paneling, and the beautiful new scoreboards and electronic billboards are unbelievably bright. They've also added a bunch of new seats so that the audience can get closer to the court, which will inevitably be beneficial towards the UCLA basketball team during home games. The technician team for Pauley also get to manage state-of-the-art lighting equipment, which will include spotlights and special effects. They've also have a wall showcasing all of UCLA's NCAA wins as well as a wall devoted to John Wooden.
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