First Guests Arrive in New Pauley Pavilion

Nov. 9, 2012

By Amy Hughes

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday evening. Chuck White, the voice of Pauley Pavilion, began the opening ceremonies for the grand re-opening of Pauley Pavilion.

Remarks were made by Chancellor Gene Block, Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero, and Matt Pauley, grandson of Edwin W. Pauley.

Chancellor Block referenced the final basket scored in "old Pauley" on February 26, 2011, by Coach Wooden's great-grandson, Tyler Trapani, and welcomed fans to the grand re-opening of this historic facility.

"Starting tonight, UCLA's athletic powerhouse will now again have a world-class arena. A fitting home for champions, our very own, our very new Pauley Pavilion."

The first group of dignitaries to enter the building included Chancellor Gene Block and his wife, Carol; Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero and his wife, Anne Marie; Matt Pauley, grandson of Edwin W. Pauley for whom the building was named in 1965, and his family, several members of the Wooden family, including Jim and Nan Wooden, and a group of athletes representing the past and present of UCLA Athletics in Pauley Pavilion.

The six sports recognized as tenants of Pauley Pavilion are women's volleyball, men's volleyball, women's gymnastics, men's gymnastics, women's basketball and men's basketball. Each sport had a representative of its championship past and a current member of that program.

Representing women's volleyball was the starting setter for UCLA's 1991 NCAA Championship, played in Pauley Pavilion, Julie Bremner Romias. Freshmen Phelix Fincher and Rachel Inouye represented the 2012 Bruins.

For men's volleyball, former UCLA head coach Al Scates led the Bruins to 19 NCAA Championships, nine of which were played in Pauley Pavilion. Senior opposite hitter Scott Vegas represented the 2012-13 UCLA squad.

One of the greatest women's gymnasts in history, Sharon Shapiro represented the past of the Bruins women's gymnastics programs while junior Samantha Peszek was the representative of the 2013 squad that hopes to compete for an NCAA Championship in Pauley five months from now. Hall of Fame head coach Art Shurlock represented the history of UCLA's men's gymnastics program.

Ann Myers Drysdale, a pioneer and legend of women's basketball, was joined by senior Markel Walker; while Marques Johnson, a member of John Wooden's final NCAA Championship team, was joined by sophomore Nick Kazemi.

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