[Updated] Public Invite To "Groundbreaking Celebration to Signify" Pauley's "Transformation"


Projected image of Pauley's Southeast corner Exterior (via

UCLA is finally hosting its "Groundbreaking celebration to signify Pauley Pavilion transformation" in little more than a week. An invite from Chancellor Gene Block and Dan Guerrero went out about a week ago to "members of the Bruin community" for a public celebration.

Here are the logistical details for you to mark down if you are interested in attending:

  • What: Groundbreaking celebration to signify Pauley Pavilion transformation
  • When: 12:30 pm, Tuesday, May 11, 2010
  • Where:  Pauley Pavillion, East Exterior Concourse

Our Marching Band and the Spirit Squad will be partaking in the pre-ceremony festivities

Scheduled speakers include Chancellor Block, Guerrero, Janina Montero (Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs), Matt Pauley (Vice Chairman of the Campaign of Champions), and Anna Li ( UCLA Women's Gymnastics Team).

Interestingly neither Coach Ben Howland or any Bruin basketball legend (from both Wooden and Post-Wooden era) were not included in the Speaker's list. I'd think interest in attending this event would be higher if the festivities included someone like Howland, AA, Tyus Edney, Don MacLean, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Jamal Wilkes. I don't get why they were not included in this ceremony.

Anyway, I'd still go if I were around Southern California so wanted to pass on this information.


UPDATE (N): Well this just came out this afternoon:

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.

Good to hear Edney and Warren attending the ceremony. GO BRUINS.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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