LOS ANGELES – The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.
Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said workers were busy cleaning up and assessing damage.
“The Pauley floor, which many people all over the world have written to me about, is drying out and let’s hope that we’ll be able to repair that or replace it quickly,” he said.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play at Pauley this fall, either on a refurbished or new court. The current court cost $500,000, he said.
The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago. It has hosted some of college basketball’s greatest players and moments, and Olympic history, too.
The 13,800-seat arena is also where the men’s and women’s volleyball and women’s gymnastics teams compete. It is named for former UCLA regent and chief donor Edwin Pauley.