Every sport seems to have its iconic program and its iconic venue. For baseball it is the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium, even though it has been overhauled a couple of times. In football, it is the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field. In college basketball, it is the UCLA Bruins and Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins were a dynasty under legendary coach John Wooden throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Not only did UCLA rarely lose an NCAA Tournament during that time, they rarely lost a game. Other programs have been dominant in this sport for long stretches. Duke under Coach K, North Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana under Bob Knight have had long championship traditions. None of them know what it is like to be UCLA.
The Bruins have been to the NCAA Tournament 47 times. They have been to the Sweet Sixteen 33 times, the Elite Eight 22 times, the Final Four 18 times and the NCAA Championship Game 13 times, winning 11 National Championships. They have not won it all since 1995 though. Will 2016 end the drought? Come out to Pauley Pavilion and find out.
Pauley Pavilion has been the Bruins home since 1965. Think about the legends that have played their college basketball at the old historic venue. Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton, Gail Goodrich, Sidney Wicks, Henry Bibby, Jamaal Wilkes, Marques Johnson, Kiki Vandeweghe, Ed O’Bannon, Reggie Miller, Darren Collison, Don Mclean, Tyus Edney, Kevin Love, Arron Afflalo, Jordan Farmar, and many many other greats have played at Pauley Pavilion over the years.
Pauley has seen a large renovation in the past couple of years. The concourse is now about 50% wider than before; there are more restrooms and about 1000 more seats, which brings capacity up to almost 13,000. There are only great seats at Pauley Pavilion and you will enjoy every moment of your visit. Just staring up at the rafter and seeing all championship banners and retired numbers, you know you are in a historic place.
You will enjoy a comfortable seat and also your favorite concession items such as hot dogs, brats, pizza, churros, popcorn, pretzels, nachos, water, energy drinks and sodas while you watch one of sport’s greatest programs.
UCLA plays in the PAC 12, one of college sports best conferences. Teams such as Utah, Stanford, Colorado, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, and California will be on the Bruins schedule. Most of them will visit Pauley Pavilion this season.
About half of these schools will be in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season and it is likely one will be in the Elite Eight or even the Final Four. Many of the players on these teams will be playing in the NBA soon. You can come see them while still in college.
You will want to come out to Pauley Pavilion to see the Bruins as often as you can. It is one of those “Bucket List” type sports experiences you will never get enough of. Order your tickets for UCLA basketball at Pauley Pavilion today!
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