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Get Ready: Moving with the Ball

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By Wendy Soderburg '82

Published Jul 1, 2011 8:00 AM


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Pauley Pavilion may be closed for renovation until fall 2012, but Bruin basketball carries on.

The men's team will play the majority of its home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena during the 2011-2012 season. Fourteen regular-season games will be played at the Sports Arena, four will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim (including the John R. Wooden Classic), and UCLA's exhibition game will be held at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

"We will make the Sports Arena a great environment for our fans and our team," Athletic Director Dan Guerrero '74 says. "We will bring our championship banners and will show our colors as much as possible in the interiors of the building, including the basketball court, to make it our home away from home."

Other Bruin teams that usually play in Pauley — women's basketball and gymnastics, and men's and women's volleyball — will hold their home contests in the Wooden Center on campus during the 2011-2012 season.

Bruin hoopsters are no strangers to the Sports Arena, which served as UCLA's home court for six years until Pauley Pavilion opened in 1965. The men amassed a win-loss record of 67-14 during that time and won their first two championships while playing their home games there (in 1964 and 1965).

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A rendering of the new, improved Pauley seating bowl.

Season-ticket holders for men's basketball will be able to choose from several different plans this year; visit UCLA Bruins tickets for more information about packages, as well as round-trip transportation options to all venues for season-ticket holders. For students, busing will be offered on a complimentary basis for all basketball games.

If you can't wait to catch a glimpse of the new Pauley, the Athletic Department has a treat for you. Virtual Venue™ gives UCLA sports fans a taste of what's to come when Pauley reopens in fall 2012. Virtual Venue™ provides state-of-the-art, interactive technology with immersive 3-D views, allowing Bruin fans to use their computers to "see" the interior of the new Pauley. We've visited already, and it looks like Pauley 2.0 will be spectacular indeed.

Also, when fans visit the site, they will have the ability to click on any seat in any section and have a 360-degree view of Pauley's interior from that location. Clicking on a seat location also gives the the ticket price for that seat, as well as the annual donation required to purchase the seat, if applicable.


Images courtesy the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
(Above center) When it opens in fall 2012, the new Pauley Pavilion will boast this impressive concourse, featuring displays of Bruin greatness from seasons past and present.

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