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UCLA to break ground on Pauley Pavilion renovation

May 11, 2010 |  8:42 am

Hundreds of UCLA students and officials are expected to attend a groundbreaking Tuesday at Pauley Pavilion to kick off the sports arena’s $136-million renovation.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a rally featuring the Bruin Marching Band. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is scheduled to speak along with other guests, including the grandson of Edwin W. Pauley, a former UC Regent for whom the building is named.

Since opening in 1965, Pauley Pavilion has been the home court for UCLA's basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams, as well as a venue for the 1984 Olympics, a 1988 presidential campaign event and numerous student gatherings.

Its makeover includes adding 1,000 seats, new locker rooms and restrooms, a high-definition video scoreboard and about 40,000 square feet of lobby and concourse space. School officials said that electrical, water, fire and seismic safety upgrades are also included in the plan.

One year ago Tuesday, UCLA announced the Campaign of Champions, a fundraising effort that has so far garnered $65 million. During the first year of construction, work will be done on the north side addition and the exterior of the facility.

After the 2011 basketball season, the pavilion will be closed to begin renovation on the facility’s interior. All programs will be moved to alternate sites. The facility is expected to reopen in the fall of 2012.

-- Corina Knoll