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UCLA plans to renovate Pauley Pavilion, honor Wooden

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA, perhaps motivated by the recent opening
of the Galen Center on campus at crosstown rival Southern
California, has taken formal steps toward a major renovation of
Pauley Pavilion.

The university announced Thursday it hopes to dedicate a
restored arena on Oct. 14, 2010, to honor former coach John Wooden
on his 100th birthday.

Wooden was the coach in 1965 when Pauley Pavilion opened at a
cost of $5.2 million. The arena, designed by Wooden and architect
Welton Becket, was made possible by a gift from Edwin and Barbara
Pauley and a group of donors who matched the gift. Wooden retired
in 1975 after guiding the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a
12-year span.

Pauley Pavilion has served as the home court for the basketball,
volleyball and gymnastics teams along with other events and
student-related activities. Thirty-eight NCAA championship teams
have played their home games at the arena.

Proposed improvements to the arena's floor level include adding
new locker rooms in addition to upgrading the existing locker
rooms, and adding a video room, media room, medical treatment area
and practice facilities. Additional concession areas, restrooms and
modern arena technology also are planned.

The school said it has formed a selection committee to evaluate
potential executive architects and hopes to have one in place by
the end of March. There was no estimate as to how much the
renovation will cost.