An Icon,

“ The transformation from old Pauley to new Pauley is really, really special. It's a modern day, beautiful arena, but still captures the tradition and history of what's happened here in the past. ”

Ben Howland Former Head Coach, UCLA Men's Basketball

There are countless sports arenas. But there is only one Pauley Pavilion.

Home to Bruin Basketball since 1965, Pauley has become an epicenter for world-class athletes, legendary personalities and record-breaking wins. Its iconic truss-style architecture has further boosted the arena's reputation, making Pauley Pavilion one of the most recognized arenas in the world. In 2008, UCLA Athletics selected NBBJ to renovate and expand Pauley Pavilion. The design intends to preserve the achievements of Pauley’s past, while ensuring its updated infrastructure and expanded amenities attract a new generation of student athletes and sports fans.

The NBBJ design includes: an exterior glass concourse with natural light and room for concessions, restrooms and merchandise; a revamped bowl with tilt-up seats; room for 1,000 additional fans and better views of the court; a Pavilion Club that accommodates up to 300 guests with food and bar service; and new men’s and women’s locker rooms, court floor, scoreboards and media spaces.

The design also pays homage to the legacy of former UCLA Men’s Basketball Coach John Wooden, who led the Bruins to win a record 10 NCAA championships in 12 years. For example, a statue of Coach Wooden is located at the main North entrance to the building; the east concourse is named Wooden Way; coach’s seat — Section 104, Row B, Seat 6 — is the only seat in Pauley Pavilion colored yellow instead of Bruin blue; and the floor bears the name of “Neil and John Wooden Court.”

Old vs. New at Pauley Pavilion
Old vs. New at Pauley Pavilion
Old vs. New at Pauley Pavilion
Old vs. New at Pauley Pavilion

Under and Over

The decision to renovate Pauley Pavilion instead of moving to a new facility off-campus restricted expansion opportunities because of Pauley’s location on a tight urban site in the heart of UCLA’s campus. With limited room to expand horizontally and no ability to go upward, NBBJ designed a brand new two-level facility under Bruin Walk that provides the space necessary for locker rooms, team spaces and the Pavilion Club. For the first time in Pauley history, there is also a direct connection between locker rooms and the court.

Video: Video Tour of Pauley Pavilion
“ Pauley Pavilion is an iconic building and there are going to be some legendary memories here. My favorite part of the facility is the arena and the den because we are going to make it loud. ”

Vishaka Sriniwasan Student

Awards and Publications


Athletic Business, Facility of Merit Award
ENR California, Award of Merit - Sports
Los Angeles Business Journal, Best New Redevelopment Project, Gold Medal
Sports Business Journal, Nominee, Facility of the Year Award
U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, Sustainable Innovation Award


Athletic Business, "Facilities of Merit: Pauley Pavilion,” October 2, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, "Pauley Pavilion turning some heads nationwide,” March 18, 2013
NCAA News, "UCLA renovation brings desired results from tough decision,” March 1, 2013
Stadia File, "10 Best New Stadiums of 2012,” December 31, 2012
Curbed Los Angeles, "Come Take a Tour of UCLA's Refreshed Pauley Pavilion,” October 26, 2012
The Los Angeles Times, “Pauley Pavilion just about ready for its close-up,” October 25, 2012
UCLA Today, “Pauley Pavilion to be ready for fall 2012 opening,” May 1, 2012
Sports Business Journal, “Space solution for Pauley: Outdoor concourse,” March 5, 2012