The wood floors inside Pauley Pavilion being dried out with special ventilation equipment. The newly renovated athletic center was flooded when water rushed in from a pipeline that burst open on Sunset Blvd. (John McCoy/Daily News)
On Friday, he offered more specifics. In a statement, Guerrero said that the entire hardwood floor at Pauley Pavilion will be replaced with a “new state-of-the-art court” — one that should be ready by the end of October. Men’s basketball plays its a home exhibition game against Azusa Pacific on Oct. 31, while women’s basketball hosts a Nov. 2 exhibition against Westmont.
Collins Court in the John Wooden Center will also receive a new floor, but will not be ready until early November. UCLA women’s volleyball was slated to begin its home schedule there on Sept. 26 against Arizona; Guerrero said the athletic department is “currently evaluating all of our options” to find another venue.
Drake Stadium was fully cleaned by the end of Wednesday, just 24 hours after the water main break released 20 million gallons of water north of campus.
The UCLA Hall of Fame at the J.D. Morgan Center, the Gifford Golf Practice Facility, and the Bud Knapp Football Complex and Acosta Athletic Complex sustained only minor damage.
Cleanup crew mops the floor at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)
Despite being flooded on Tuesday due to a water-main break north of campus, UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion will be ready when basketball season starts in November.
“When we saw the flood going down onto the court, it certainly was of concern to us,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said Wednesday. “After getting the water off yesterday and bringing the experts in, we’ve been assured today that we’ll be able to play in Pauley this year.”
He added that the building is structurally sound, though it was still too early to assess the costs of repairing the damage. Nearly all of the basketball court hardwood appeared to be warped to some degree; Guerrero said that if it needs to be replaced, the campus will have time to do it by basketball season. However, the Bruins may need to practice in either the Wooden Center or Student Athletic Center.
Guerrero also did not elaborate on any potential contingency plans for playing elsewhere should the repairs be slower than expected. “We don’t see that as an option,” he said.
The men’s basketball team starts its season on Nov. 14, while the women’s team plays its first official home game on Nov. 23. The volleyball teams were slated to play most of their games in the Wooden Center.
Less than two years after its $136 million remodel, Pauley Pavilion was flooded Tuesday.
The photo above, taken by the Daily News’ Gene Blevins, shows some of the damage done by a broken water main near Sunset Blvd. According to the LADWP, a total of eight to 10 million gallons of water poured out of the 30-inch pipe. It still isn’t clear how much repairs will cost, but due to a break in the pipe — originally built in 1921 — the water on the floor of the court was reportedly eight inches deep.
The Bruins start their basketball season on Nov. 14 against Montana State.
“At this hour, we are still gathering information and, to the extent possible, assessing the damage to our athletic facilities affected by the water main break,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “Regarding specific inquiries and concerns about Pauley Pavilion, most people are aware by now that the floor and locker rooms sustained significant flooding. The water will be removed from the floor tonight. We will then reassess the situation tomorrow morning and be able to provide additional information at the appropriate time.”
In a statement, UCLA chancellor Gene Block listed the other affected locations as: parking lots 4 and 7, Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, the J.D. Morgan Center, the Acosta Center and John Wooden Center, the intramural field, and Bruin Plaza.
Water also covered most of the track at Drake Stadium, and reached UCLA’s locker room. Spaulding Field did not appear to sustain damage.