LOS ANGELES – Less than two years after undergoing a $133 million renovation, UCLA will replace the maple floor in Pauley Pavilion after a broken water main flooded the arena and much of campus.
The wooden flooring will be replaced, officials said. The maple floor that will be replaced cost $500,000, ESPN reported. University officials say the repairs to the court bearing the name of John Wooden, the university’s legendary basketball coach, will be completed by October and should not impact any regular season home games for Bruins basketball.
When the repairs to the famed court began in 2012, carpenters worked to preserve center court, that dated back to 1980. The work was delicate, as the tongue-in-groove floorboards had cross-pieces but no backing to keep them together, and were built with room to expand in hot weather and shrink in cold weather. A portion of the recovered center court is on display in the Pauley Center, while another portion is being preserved.
Repairs to the Pauley Center will be ongoing. In the coming weeks, the playing surface, locker rooms and other ancillary areas, as well as the Pavilion Club will all be addressed, university officials said.
The water main broke on July 29, dumping an estimated 20 million gallons of water across the campus, ABC News reported. Numerous athletic facilities were impacted, including wood courts in the John Wooden Center used for volleyball games. School officials said the project could impact where volleyball games will be played in the early part of the season. The new court is expected to be ready by November.
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