UCLA students tallied the first victory of the new Pauley Pavilion era Tuesday when Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced they would continue to have sideline floor seating inside the renovated arena.
It was a come-from-behind triumph for the students, who in an advisory vote last week as part of undergraduate student elections overwhelmingly rejected the athletic department's plans to move all students behind one basket.
"I'm thrilled," said Sean Wang, a graduate student in statistics who was instrumental in getting the advisory vote on the student ballot. "I didn't want part of my legacy to be that when I was here we lost sideline seats forever."
Spokesman Marc Dellins estimated that about 900 students will have seating along the sideline and immediately behind one basket when Pauley Pavilion reopens for the 2012-13 season and an additional 800 to 900 students will have seating in the upper deck behind the same basket. Two mid-level sections behind the basket will be sold to the general public.