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UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Court May Have to Be Replaced: Officials

The arena recently underwent a two-year, $136-million dollar renovation and opened the renovated facility in November 2012.

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    The Westwood water main break caused damage to local businesses and the UCLA Pauley Pavilion meaning repair costs in the future. Mario Solis reports from UCLA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014)

    The court of the historic Pauley Pavilion at the University of California, Los Angeles may have to be replaced as a result of flooding to the campus, athletic department officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

    When asked about replacing the court, Guerrero said, "that's the course of action that we're looking for. No questions about it."

    Guerrero said the upcoming Bruin basketball season will not be affected by the recent damage.

    Ten million gallons of water gushed onto Sunset Boulevard and the UCLA campus Tuesday afternoon, causing the wood floor to buckle - just two years after the indoor arena underwent a multi-million dollar renovation.

    "The court is showing signs of buckling and expansion," Kelly Schmader, assistant vice chancellor for UCLA, said Wednesday morning. "Whether we'll be able to get that saved, I don't know."

    The break occurred at the Y-shaped meeting point of a 30-inch pipe installed in 1921 and a 36-inch pipe installed in 1956. Both pipes ruptured and blew open a 20-foot wide, 10-foot deep sinkhole in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard, officials said.

    Water gushed at a rate of 75,000 gallons a minute, damaging UCLA parking structures, buildings and flooding parts of campus. About eight inches of water covered the famed Pauley Pavilion court at one point, but crews had removed most of the water by Wednesday morning.

    Ankle-deep water could be seen covering the court’s wooden floorboards Tuesday night. Crews were drying the court Wednesday morning and officials planned to have a better damage estimate later in the day.

    "Unfortunately, Pauley Pavilion took quite a bit of water," Chancellor Gene Block said. "It's painful."

    The locker rooms also sustained significant flooding, according to the school's athletic department. Water also entered Wooden Center, which houses recreation facilities, and the J.D. Morgan Center, which houses athletic staff and administration offices and UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Pauley Pavilion opened 49 years ago and is home to many of UCLA’s athletic teams, including the men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s and women’s volleyball teams and women’s gymnastics. The arena recently underwent a two-year, $136-million dollar renovation and opened the renovated facility in November 2012.

    "I'm just wondering how UCLA is going to pay for it, I mean, Pauley looked in really bad shape and they just remodeled it," UCLA student Peter Nauka said.

    It is unclear how the flooding will affect the upcoming schedule. The Teen Choice Awards are scheduled for Aug. 10 and the US Volleyball Cup Aug. 16.

    Pauley Pavilion can seat approximately 13,800 people.

    NBC4's Jonathan Lloyd and Gadi Schwartz contributed to this report.