Thousands of UCLA students flocked to the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion for the grand opening at Pauley Opening Madness, part of the 2012 Homecoming Festival and Welcome Back to Pauley Week. Starting in May 2010, the facility underwent a major 136 million facelift which not only upgraded the entire facility, but which managed to keep UCLAs memorable athletic history intact as well.
This important week at UCLA kicked off with the unveiling of the commemorative statue of legendary basketball coach John Wooden in front of Pauley Pavilion last Friday. When Pauley Pavilion opened in 1965, coach Woodens impressive record was 149 wins and two losses, and he held a 98-game home winning streak.
The history surrounding this iconic building includes 39 NCAA championship teams in basketball, volleyball and gymnastics; hosts of 1984 Olympic Games; concerts of well-known entertainers; and staged commencement ceremonies and other events for UCLA students.
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