Pauley Pavilion renovation ceremony scheduled for next week

Pauley Pavilion's groundbreaking celebration will take place on May 11, the school announced over the weekend.

Coaches, current and former players, Chancellor Gene Block and athletic director Dan Guerrero -- even the student band and spirit squad -- will be in attendance for the 12:30 p.m. celebration, which will take place on the east exterior concourse (next to the Central Ticket Office). The event is open to the public.

According to the official release:

Pauley Pavilion will remain in operation through March of 2011. During that time, construction will take place on the new concourse around the building as well as the North Lobby. Work on the interior seating bowl will not begin until after the 2010-11 basketball season. The bowl is scheduled to be ready for the 2012-13 basketball season.