UCLA's Pauley Pavilion floor to be replaced after epic flood

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UCLA students poured over the stairs on home-fashioned surf boards, riding waves caused by a broken water main which poured 20 million gallons of water onto the campus.

Left behind was a trail of disaster, to the tune of hundreds of cars which were left stranded in the university's many underground (now underwater) parking structures. 

Count the hardwood of UCLA's recently-renovated Pauley Pavilion as one of the casualties.

Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced Friday, three days after the disastrous flooding, that the entire wooden floor would be replaced before the start of the season.

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One of the 'finest'

The broken water main fiasco came at a terrible time.

The Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136-million renovation from 2010 to 2012, which included a re-constructed inner bowl, an extension of the student sections and new team locker rooms. That work added 1,000 seats and 70,000 square feet to the structure.

It is listed as 'one of the finest all-around collegiate facilities' on the UCLA Bruin Athletics website.

More importantly, Pauley Pavilion is historic in the world of college basketball.

The university opened the arena in 1965, mere months after the Bruins won their first NCAA National Championship under legendary coach John Wooden.

The "Wizard of Westwood" would go on to win college basketball's big game that season and then from 1967 until 1973, for seven-straight championships. He won a record 88 consecutive games at one point, and 10 NCAA Championships in a 12-year period, both unprecedented feats.

Pauley Pavilion's current court cost $500,000 and was covered in 10 inches of water during the worst of the water main break.

But there will be a happy ending for the famed floor: it should be ready to play on in October and no regular season men's or women's basketball games are expected to be missed.

Other work to be done

Guerrero said the Sunset Boulevard flooding also affected a number of other buildings.

The Drake Stadium track field is now fully functional despite initial flooding.

The UCLA Hall of Fame at the J.D. Morgan Center required new flooring and minor repairs, while the Gifford Golf Practice Facility was seeing clean-up efforts headed by professional golf groundskeepers.

The Bud Knapp Football Complex and Acosta Athletic Complex need more repairs but will be operational within a few weeks.

Finally the Collins Court in the John Wooden Center, which is the home of the volleyball team, will also see a new floor and should be ready by November.

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