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08 Apr

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Pauley Pavilion is closed due to renovation. The UCLA basketball team need to play most of their home games in another arena next season. Pauley won’t be ready until the 2012-2013 season.

Peter Yoon, from ESPNLA.com, reports:

The UCLA men’s basketball team will play 14 of its 18 home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and four others at the Honda Center in Anaheim while Pauley Pavilion is shut down for remodeling construction, the school announced Friday.

The Bruins will also play an exhibition game at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Nov. 6 and will open the regular season at the Sports Arena against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 11.

The decision to play at the Sports Arena did not come easy. UCLA had been set on playing home games at the Forum in Inglewood, but the owners of that facility sold it to Madison Square Garden and the new owners plan on renovating it over the next year.

In order to help determine a replacement for the Forum, UCLA officials solicited the opinions of fans by sending surveys to all season ticket holders as well as anyone who had purchased individual game tickets over the last few years.

Other options for home games this season included Staples Center, Valley View Casino Center in San Diego (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) and RaboBank Arena in Bakersfield.

Good thing they chose somewhere in Los Angeles. It’s still close enough for fans and students to attend the games.

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