UCLA chooses architectural firm for renovation

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA has selected an architectural firm to prepare preliminary renovation and expansion designs for Pauley Pavilion.

The school wants to dedicate the restored arena on Oct. 14, 2010, which would be former coach John Wooden's 100th birthday.

HOK Sport of Kansas City, Mo., was chosen by a selection committee from among 10 firms that responded to the school's request for submissions.

Among the renovations being considered are a retractable seating system to bring spectators closer to the court; new concession areas, restrooms and modern technology to enhance fan experience; new and expanded locker rooms, medical treatment and media rooms and dedicated practice facilities; a main lobby that would serve as a central entrance; and redevelopment of the area between the football practice field and the arena.

Pauley Pavilion opened in 1965 and is the home court for men's and women's basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.