Oct. 28, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA officially inaugurated New Pauley Pavilion Sunday night with the Pauley Campaign of Champions Celebration. The historic arena had been closed for nearly 18 months for a $136-million renovation.
The celebration featured a reception throughout the concourse, followed by a program on Nell and John Wooden Court, including speeches from UCLA Chancellor Gene S. Block and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, and the first-ever UCLA Parade of Athletes.
The celebration Sunday was the second event of "Welcome Back Pauley Week", following last Friday's John R. Wooden statue dedication on the North Plaza.
The busy week's schedule continues Tuesday with the Pauley Pavilion All-Campus Sneak Peek, which will mark the first chance for UCLA faculty, staff and students to get a look at the new building. Friday evening, student leadership and Campus Recreation will present Pauley Opening Madness, a free student celebration that combines Homecoming Weekend with the opening of New Pauley.
Next Sunday, Nov. 4, UCLA Athletics hosts the Pauley Pavilion Alumni and Community Open House, which will give alumni and the general public their initial first-hand look at the new arena.
The "week" culminates with the opening weekend of men's and women's basketball games, a UCLA Athletics' Celebration of Title IX and men's volleyball coach Al Scates' retirement party, Nov. 9-11.