Pauley Pavilion Groundbreaking Celebration Set for May 11

May 2, 2010

The Groundbreaking Celebration for Pauley Pavilion's transformation is just over one week away.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 on the East exterior concourse of Pauley and Bruin fans, alumni and students are invited to attend.

Pre-ceremony festivities are scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm and include performances by the UCLA Band and Spirit Squad.

The ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm with Chuck White, the voice of Pauley Pavilion, welcoming everyone and introducing the ceremony participants.

The scheduled speakers include Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Janina Montero, who will speak about Pauley's importance to the campus and the student body as a multi-purpose student facility.

Gymnast Anna Li, a member of the 2010 NCAA champion UCLA women's gymnastics team, will represent students and student-athletes who have the opportunity to participate in different competitions in Pauley. Athleitc Director Dan Guerrero will speak about the new for the Pauley transformation and contributing to the Campaign of Champions. Matt Pauley, Vice-Chair of the Campaign of Champions, will speak about the project and the vision of his grandfather, Edwin W. Pauley, who made the lead gift when Pauley Pavilion was constructed.

The five speakers will then put shovels in the ground to symbolize the beginning of the exterior construction.

Men's head basketball coach Ben Howland, women's gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, men's head volleyball coach Al Scates and new women's volleyball coach Mike Sealy are also scheduled to be in attendance and participate in the groundbreaking. Head women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell will be out of state on her 'Cruisin for a Cause' motorcycle ride to raise money for breast cancer research.

In addition, student-athletes from several of the teams that play in Pauley are expected to be in attendance, as are alumni student-athletes such as Michael Warren, a member of the Campaign of Champions committee, and Tyus Edney, hero of the 1995 NCAA second-round game versus Missouri.

Pauley Pavilion will remain in operation through March of 2011. During that time, construction will take place on the new concourse around the building as well as the North Lobby. Work on the interior seating bowl will not begin until after the 2010-11 basketball season. The bowl is scheduled to be ready for the 2012-13 basketball season.

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