Breaking in the Sports Arena

UCLA’s basketball team willl have its Thursday and Friday practices at the Sports Arena, where the Bruins will play most of their games this season while Pauley Pavilion is rennovated.
UCLA first opens the season Nov. 11 against LMU at the Sports Arena.

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  • j_doe

    What a dump! Hate that building. Should have used the Forum. Something not so close to ‘SC.

  • David

    The best way to break in the decrepit old Trojan firetrap is the same way you break in a new toilet…

  • Anonymous

    The Forum is also under renovation to become a concert venue. It is not available either. Very tough choices, so the Sports Arena is it. I am much more interested in the product on the court than the building. Please give us something to cheer for Bruins!

  • INawe

    Ugh, Sports Arena… Do you know how many games I’ve seen the Clippers lose in that building? 🙁 LOL

  • Ugly Boy

    INawe publicly admits to attending not one, but “many” Clipper games.

    Get help, man! 🙂

  • The Big Woof!

    You youngsters don’t remember the good old days before Pauley was built, when the Bruins and trojans used to play doubleheaders on Fri. and Sat. nights against the visiting (often conference) team, switching opponents. It was a lot of fun sitting amongst fans of both teams with a lot of (mostly) friendly give and take. Seats were first come, first served, so if you got there early enough you could be courtside for both games.

  • Anonymous

    Damn Big Woof! Great story! Was that when you rode a horse and buggy to the games…or were you still ducking saber tooth tigers running from cave to cave with a club!?!? Go Bruins!

  • The Big Woof!

    @anon 10:20

    Funny! I think I did sit next to Fred Flintstone a couple of times, or was it Alley Oop?

    Seriously, I used to park my car on the street for free within 2 blocks and never felt unsafe. The Sports Arena was a pretty modern new place in those days.

  • Stan

    Is the court going to be in UCLA blue & gold or the Sports Arena logo? Atleast make it look like the Bruins are playing on a home floor.

  • I can’t wait to invade trOJan territory, that building will see more victories by the home team in one season than it did in the past 30 years combined.

  • cedar_23