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Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion, more commonly recognized as Pauley Pavilion -- an indoor arena situated on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, California -- is home to the UCLA Bruins men's and women's basketball teams. In addition to this, the men's and women's volleyball and women's gymnastics teams also play here. In June 1965, the building was named after University of California Regent Edwin W. Pauley, who had matched the alumni contributions. Pauley provided more or less one fifth of the more than $5,000,000 budget for the construction of the arena.
Pauley Pavilion comprises of 10,337 permanent theater-style seats, along with retractable seating for 2,482 spectators, totaling a basketball capacity of 12,829. This capacity has been surpassed numerous times for more than a few men's basketball games by adding transferable bleacher seating together with the retractable bleachers. The single-game attendance comprising of 13,478 was recorded on February 23, 1997 (UCLA vs. Duke).
When the bleachers are pulled back, more room increases for three full-sized basketball courts. These courts are availed for team practice, intramural games, and spontaneous basketball games. It can also be used as a convention hall or large dining area when this arrangement is undertaken.
When used for men's volleyball, the basketball court is lined with colored tape. The volleyball net is put up at the half court line. For women's team, blue and yellow lines are striped on the court vertically to the basketball court tucked up to the east end of the court.
On the south side, there is a tunnel by means from which trucks and service vehicles may go through. Additionally, it is also the "backstage" entrance hall for players, performers, and broadcast personnel.
The floor which is named as the "Nell and John Wooden Court" , after the ex- UCLA Men's Basketball Coach John Wooden, who infact still attends every basketball game and sits at the far southeast side of the court behind the UCLA team bench. Before a game begins and even the whole time of the play and in halftime, a big line backs up to get the famous coach?s autograph.
From the inauguration of the building until 1987, the extra press not linked with radio or television broadcasts sat behind the south side press table. The working press then shifted to sit courtside at "press row" on the northern side of the court, as the south courtside seats were opened up to significant and prosperous boosters. In 2003, the UCLA Athletic Department made north side courtside seats only available for VIP donors. The media now has permanent seating reserved in the higher slot in the centre of the north side of the benches. In 1987 the press relocation created a bit of controversy as did the relocation conducted in 2003, since at that instant in time the student section was relocated behind the press table and VIP?s were shifted to the south side courtside seats.
Apart from relocating the press, the student section has also suffered the same fate, not just once but many times, infact. Since 2003, the student section of 1,750 seats takes up the north side benches.
The UCLA Varsity Band has also been relocated to facilitate seating changes. Formerly, they were located on the north courtside unswervingly crosswise from the UCLA bench. In 1984, they were switched to the northeast corner courtside. In 1996 they were again shifted to the north side above the student section. In 2003, they were further shifted to the west side of the arena to be courtside.
The match that took place on March 1st, 1975, was infact the last match to be conducted by John Wooden in Pauley Pavilion in a 93-59 victory over Stanford. Four weeks later he unexpectedly publicized his retirement subsequent to the NCAA semi-final victory against Louisville and prior to his 10th National championship victory against Kentucky. The Bruins won 149 games to 2 losses at home between 1965 and 1975. Bruin men's basketball teams won 8 more NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships from 1967 all the way through 1975 under Coach Wooden.