As you can see from the photo above, UCLA has begun two seasons of work to renovated hallowed-but-not-really-very-fan-friendly Pauley Pavilion. This home season is playing out around the construction, and the Washington Huskies will meet the Bruins here at 1 p.m. today. (Here’s our preview story.)
As for the current construction, it’s mostly on the outside — which will be inside in the new Pauley’s wider concourses. However, a few interior changes have been made: shifting of the concession stands to inside the arena and — most notably — most of the restrooms are now portable toilets outside.
After playing around the construction this season, the Bruins will leave new season while the serious work is done for the start of 2012-13. The team is currently looking for an interim home for next season. But plans for a one-season shifts to the Forum are suddenly in doubt, while none of the other options — Staples Center, LA Sports Arena, USC’s Galen Center or Anaheim’s Toyota Center are ideal.
So, we’ll see. Meanwhile, one last UW visit to the old gym as the great John Wooden knew it.