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A Star Is Reborn


Photos by Michal Czerwonka

Published Jan 1, 2013 8:00 AM

"Wow. What a difference 40 years makes." —Jamaal Wilkes '74, upon seeing the new Pauley Pavilion.


Fireworks during the Opening Ceremony of Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion reopened this fall after a 33-month, $136-million makeover with a jam-packed week of celebration for the entire Bruin family. Students, parents, alumni, donors, staff and faculty packed the spectacular new incarnation of UCLA's venerable venue—which first opened in 1965—for a series of events commemorating the new Pauley. They toured the wide and brilliant concourse that surrounds the building and includes a Jamba Juice, California Pizza Kitchen and 100 flat screen TVs. They admired the bowl, expanded to include more than 13,000 seats to bring fans closer to the action. And they strolled along Wooden Way, an engaging look at the life and career of legendary UCLA men's Basketball Coach John Wooden.

Pauley Welcome Week kicked off with the Campaign of Champions Celebration, honoring and thanking the major benefactors who made the renovation possible. Thousands filled the space for Pauley Opening Madness, a free student celebration held in conjunction with Parents' Weekend and Homecoming. And, of course, the very first game in the new Pauley on Nov. 9, when the UCLA men's basketball team beat John Wooden's former team, Indiana State, 86-59.


Wide shot of the bowl during Pauley Opening Madness


(Clockwise from top left) New and improved displays hang over the court; Joe and Josie celebrate the return of basketball to Pauley; playing in the band during Welcome Week; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar '69 and Rafer Johnson '59 share a moment in front of Coach John Wooden's statue outside of the north entrance to the new Pauley Pavilion; Norman Powell rises up for a jam; the UCLA Band cheers the men's hoops team.