"This new basketball practice facility will help ensure that our future is every bit as spectacular as our past.”
- Dan Guerrero

UCLA Athletics Announces Plans for New Basketball Practice Facility

UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced a campaign to raise private funds for a comprehensive basketball practice facility to be located near Pauley Pavilion at the south end of the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The planned state-of-the-art facility would support the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball programs and contain both men’s and women’s practice gyms, locker rooms and a training area, among other ancillary spaces and amenities.

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The new UCLA Basketball Practice Facility will be a comprehensive basketball practice facility located near Pauley Pavilion. Highlights of the new building design include:

  • State-Of-The-Art basketball practice facility dedicated to honoring current and former UCLA Basketball student-athletes
  • Practice gyms for both men's and women's programs
  • Locker rooms for both men's and women's basketball programs
  • Men's and women's basketball training area
  • Exclusive use for both men's and women's basketball programs and their student-athletes

THE BENEFITS

 

  • While Pauley Pavilion is one of the premier venues in the entire country, it is a shared-use facility. Five athletic teams, campus recreation as well as private and public events all vie for access. A dedicated basketball practice facility gives more flexibility to everyone utilizing Pauley Pavilion, ultimately allowing our student-athletes to enjoy more consistent schedules both academically and athletically.
  • With NCAA college basketball deregulation allowing student-athletes significantly more time to dedicate towards athletic improvement, it is important to have space available to them. Student-athletes will have exclusive access to state-of-the-art, basketball specific equipment and training. They will be able to practice, train and get treatment all in one location dedicated specifically to men's and women's basketball.
  • Such improvements will drive recruiting and retention of both student-athletes and coaches. Building on UCLA Basketball's unparalleled success in the past, the planned construction will raise the caliber of the basketball program's operational structure to match that of the student-athletes and individuals who support, train and lead them.
  • The list of UCLA basketball alumni is a who’s who of the greatest names to ever play the game. At the start of the 2013-14 season, 12 Bruins were on NBA rosters. At least three more Bruins are projected to be selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. Being able to keep these former student-athletes connected with their university and offering a state-of-the-art facility for them to train alongside current Bruins in the offseason is another way to continue and further grow the legacy of basketball greatness at UCLA.

 

This project ultimately benefits several athletic programs, the UCLA student body, campus recreation and the university as a whole. With the support of UCLA Basketball Alumni, Fans and Friends alike, the future of UCLA Basketball will be as prominent as its past.

Steve Alford

“UCLA basketball has an incredibly storied tradition, and this new facility will go a long way towards helping our program continue to compete at the highest level. A new, state-of-the-art training facility is the perfect complement to the historic but wonderfully updated confines of Pauley Pavilion. Our players and staff will now have a dedicated facility that provides them with the around-the-clock access to space they need to get better every single day. This is an exciting time for our basketball program, and I’m extremely grateful for the support from Chancellor Block and Dan Guerrero in helping us move this project forward.”

The men’s basketball team claimed the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in head coach Steve Alford’s first season. Entering season two, Alford’s recruiting class for 2014 has been ranked as high as number three in the nation with three McDonald’s All-America selections slated to take the floor in Pauley Pavilion for the first time as a Bruin next season.


Cori Close

“The UCLA brand is second to none, and this practice facility will further help us sustain excellence and national prominence. We have so much to offer here at UCLA. Pauley Pavilion is one of the best basketball facilities in the country, and we’re continually getting some of the best talent from around the nation to call Westwood home. This practice facility is going to give us the infrastructure to even better develop our talented student-athletes and will ultimately serve as a tremendous recruiting advantage that helps us secure a top-five recruiting class year in and year out.”

The women’s basketball team enters the 2014-15 season with renewed optimism after having signed the program’s first-ever No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Featuring three McDonald’s All-Americans and five players total ranked in the Top 30 nation-wide, the class will join 2012 McDonald’s All-American junior guard Nirra Fields, giving the Bruins four McDonald’s All-Americans on the court for the first time in program history.