Don't forget today is the big day.
Around 1 pm this afternoon at Pauley Chancellor Gene Block and Dan Guerrero will give their first public presentation of Pauley renovation plans.
UCLA administrators wanted to preserve the history of their arena. Replacing it altogether would have been costly and difficult given its long, skinny footprint.
Still, the renovation is expected to address a number of issues.
A change in seating could eliminate the empty spaces behind each basket, increase capacity and make crowd noise more of a factor during games.
The three concession areas are squeezed into tight spaces with additional food booths set up outside.
Fans have complained about uneven steps and a shortage of restrooms; the teams use old locker rooms.
The building also needs upgrades in its disabled-access and safety systems.
According to a document filed with the University of California regents, UCLA plans to do significant expansion underground, increasing the size by almost 57,000 gross square feet.
Construction work would begin in February 2010 and be sequenced over the ensuing months so that teams could continue to use the building except for a period from April 2011 to October 2012.
During that time, the Bruins would compete at a yet-to-be-determined site.
Again I am going to wait to form my opinions until I have seen the presentation and have heard from Coach Howland and our players.
Doors (Gates 1 and 2 of Pauley Pavilion) open at 12:30 pm, announcement begins at 1:00 pm. If you are on and around campus, show up, check it out, and blog about it here on BN.