GERSTEN PAVILION (LMU)
Loyola Marymount University
7900 Loyola Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
Telephone: (310) 338-5940
Arena (opened 1982)
Seats 4,156 for basketball.
About the Gersten Pavilion
After playing in a small, on-campus gymnasium for decades, LMU opened modern Gersten Pavilion on January 8, 1982. It's now home to the university's men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams and a popular special events venue in Los Angeles.
Named for Albert Gersten, father of LMU graduate and regent Albert Gersten, Jr., the facility was designed by architect John Aleksich and won the "Golden Nugget Award" as the top recreation facility in the 14 western states at the 1983 Pacific Coast Builders Convention. It cost $4.2 million to build, but was an immediate hit and hosted the Olympic weightlifting competition in 1984 and the volleyball and some early sessions of boxing at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival.
Gersten seats 4,156, almost all of which are retractable bleachers arranged on both sides of the court surface. There are approximately 250 bench seats with special backs for VIPs.
•Location and parking:
Gersten Pavilion is located on the Loyola Marymount campus. The main entrance is at Loyola Boulevard and West 80th Street in the Westchester area of Los Angeles, just north of Los Angeles International Airport. The venue can be accessed from the San Diego (405) Freeway by taking the Manchester Boulevard off-ramp and traveling west to Loyola Boulevard. Campus parking is available for more than 2,000 vehicles.
Gersten Pavilion is managed by Anthony Jalvan, director of athletic facilities and event management, telephone: (310) 338-7641.
The hardwood floor area at Gersten is 53 feet in width by 116 feet long with 70 footcandles of lighting available for spectator use (but augmentation will be needed tor television broadcast). The ceiling height is 45 feet.
There are eight locker rooms in the facility, ranging in size from 168 to 312 square feet. There is also a Founder's Room for meetings or hospitality at 1,258 sq. ft. Substantial additional space is available in the 80,000 sq.ft. Burns Recreation Center, located next door to Gersten Pavilion and containing additional recreational and support facilities (including weight training and sports medicine).
Spectator amenities include a box office with two service windows, permanent concessions and two wall-mounted scoreboards.