Pauley Pavilion is regarded as one of the finest all-around collegiate facilities in the nation and has been the site of numerous illustrious events. In April 1998, it was the site of the Women’s NCAA Gymnastics Championships as well as Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Awards show. On Oct. 14, 1995, it was the site of UCLA’s first-ever Midnight Madness and on Apr. 5, 1995, it hosted a school-sponsored Pep Rally to honor UCLA’s 11th NCAA Championship team. On May 20, 1994, President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker for UCLA’s 75th anniversary convocation and Oct. 13, 1988, it served as the site of the Presidential Debate between candidates George Bush and Michael Dukakis. On Sept. 9, 1992, the Pavilion was site of the annual MTV Video Awards show. In 1991, Pauley served as the site for the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival basketball and gymnastics competitions.
Some of the top names in the history of college basketball players such as Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Bill Walton, Ed O’Bannon, Sidney Wicks, Marques Johnson, Reggie Miller, Baron Davis, Ann Meyers, Denise Curry and Pete Maravich and coaches such as John Wooden, Dean Smith and Denny Crum have appeared in Pauley. Numerous star athletes in other sports have enhanced Pauley’s reputation as perhaps the nation’s most famous collegiate sporting facility. In addition, many world-class competitions, including the 1984 Olympic gymnastics and a historic table tennis match between the United States and China, entertainers such as Bob Dylan, Bob Hope, Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavoratti, Bobby Brown, Eric Clapton, Guns and Roses and the Grateful Dead have graced the Pavilion.
UCLA’s longest winning streak in Pauley Pavilion was 98 games, including 15 victories in 1970-71, 17 wins in 1971-72 and 1972-73, 16 wins in 1973-74 and 1974-75 and the first 17 victories of 1975-76 before ending on Feb. 21, 1976 when Oregon defeated UCLA, 65-45.
During the 1995-96 school year, UCLA won its 16th NCAA men’s volleyball championship (its ninth in Pauley Pavilion). In 1987-88, Pauley was the site of the men’s NCAA Basketball West Regional first and second rounds. In 1986-87, the Pavilion served as the site of the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Post Season Tournament. Other 1986-87 highlights included the Bruin men’s gymnastics team winning its second NCAA team championship in the Pavilion and the UCLA men’s volleyball team winning its 12th NCAA title.
The Pavilion was the site of three NCAA championship events in 1984-85 Men’s and Women’s Volleyball finals and Women’s Basketball regionals. During the 1983-84 school year, Pauley served as the site of five NCAA events Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics championships, Men’s Basketball regionals, Women’s Basketball Final Four and Men’s Volleyball championships. The Pavilion also is used for intramural sports and Fine Arts events throughout the school year.