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One of the more memorable moments came as the Lions posted a 16-game winning streak that spanned three seasons from Feb. 25, 1987 through Nov. 28, 1988. In that span, the Lions posted a 14-0 mark at home in the 1987-88 season.

The Pavilion has also hosted the highest scoring basketball game in NCAA Division I history when Loyola Marymount defeated U.S. International 181-150 on Jan. 31, 1989. In addition, it served as host to the WCC Tournament in 1990 and 1997.

The Pavilion opened its doors on Jan. 15, 1981 with a men's basketball 83-68 loss to Santa Clara. The Lions' first win came eight days later with a 66-62 victory against St. Mary's.

To this day the Pavilion keeps bringing them in as the 2005-06 season saw the third-largest crowd in school history with 4,482 saw the Lions take on fifth-ranked Gonzaga in a game televised by ABC. It was the first trip to the campus for the network as the Lions fell to a career-best performance by the future No. 3 pick in the NBA draft. Three years later, eighth-ranked Notre Dame came to LMU, where a record 4,534 fans saw the Lions' upset bid fall short in the final seconds. Then in 2009-10, LMU defeated its highest ranked opponent in Gersten Pavilion (and highest since 1961), knocking of No.9 Gonzaga. Then in 2011-12, the Lions defeated another ranked opponent, this time previously unbeaten and No. 23 Saint Louis.

In 2011-12, Gersten Pavilion saw more people go through its doors for a single basketball season in its 30-plus years. In posting the best record since the Elite Eight season, LMU racked up 12 home wins, the most ever at Gersten Pavilion. In the process, 49,597 fans matched the games, the most ever in a single season.

The women's basketball team won the program's first conference championship in 2003-04, going 14-1 in WCC play to earn their first trip to the NCAA tournament. The Lions were dominating at home, going 12-1 in Gersten Pavilion. It was the most wins and best home record for the program. Since the program began, they are 219-204 all-time in Gersten Pavilion.

The volleyball Lions first moved into the facility in 1982, and recorded 14 wins in Gersten's inaugural season. Since 1982, the Lions have posted an overall record of 274-147 (.651) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion. In conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 139-66 (.678) home record in WCC action. In 32 years, the 1996 (WCC volleyball championship team and Sweet Sixteen participant) and 2003 (NCAA second round appearance) squads have been the most successful with 14-1 marks, for .933 winning percentages.

One of the largest regular season crowds gathered in 2004 to see LMU top local rival Pepperdine 3-1 in West Coast Conference action. With 1,142 fans in attendance, it was the largest Gersten Pavilion crowd since LMU hosted the playoffs during the 1996 Sweet Sixteen season.

The 63,000-square foot facility boasts a functional design, featuring rounded columns at each corner, separated by mirrored glass. It houses the athletic programs' extensive weight rooms, and top-of-the-line training and medical facilities.

In December of 2000, a state-of-the-art scoreboard system was put into Gersten Pavilion. The scoreboard includes LionVision, a giant multi-camera videoboard at the south end of the facility. In the Summer of 2001, a new energy saving event lighting system was installed and the ceiling was repainted white to enhance the on court lighting.

More enhancements were made shortly thereafter. In 2006, the center court floor was completely redesigned and resurfaced. The two side courts were resurfaced the year before. In addition, a state-of-the-art sound system was put into place, replacing the buidling original sound solution. The new system features more than 65 speakers through the Pavilion, including speakers in the lobby, atrium, restroom and founders room.

In the summer of 2007, the entire lower seating sections in the arena where replaced with new Crimson chairbacks and bleachers.

Most recently, the locker rooms located in the back of the house of Gersten for volleyball and the two basketball teams were renovated leading into the 2014-15 seasons. The upgrades included new shower facilities, an expansion of the locker room space and new restrooms.

Built to accommodate the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the Pavilion served as the host site for the weightlifting competition of the Games. More than 1,000 people were involved with the staging of the event, which attracted the largest number of weightlifting competitors in the history of the Olympics. More than two million people were brought into the Pavilion through television, radio, newspapers and wire services that attended the competition.

Prior to the Olympics, Gersten was the site of the McDonald's Gymnastics Classic in 1983, featuring the best male and female gymnasts from the United States and the former Soviet Union. In 1991, the Pavilion was the venue for the men and women's volleyball and boxing preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic Festival. It has been host to top basketball camps in the country, hosting LMU alumnus Pete Newell and his Big Man's Camp for NBA players. It has served as one of the official practice homes of the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers and currently the L.A. Sparks.

The Pavilion was named in honor of Albert Gersten, father of LMU regent Albert Gersten, Jr., a 1974 LMU graduate. The Gersten family was the largest single donor to the construction project.


Largest Gersten Pavilion Crowds
Crowd Opponent Date Result
4,525 Pepperdine 2/20/88 W, 142-127
4,465 Gonzaga 2/18/06 L, 70-79
4,465 Pepperdine 2/15/86 L, 64-79
4,366 St. Mary's 2/3/89 L, 104-116
4,350 Pepperdine 1/29/89 W, 99-86
4,337 Gonzaga 2/12/05 L, 58-61
4,302 Pepperdine 1/19/05 W, 63-46
4,210 Oklahoma 12/23/89 L, 121-136
4,156 Santa Clara 2/24/90 W, 117-81
4,156 San Diego 2/23/90 W, 131-119
4,156 Pepperdine 2/14/90 W, 131-116
4,156 St. Mary's 2/1/90 W, 150-119
4,156 Portland 1/20/90 W, 131-106
4,156 UCSB 12/9/89 W, 104-101
4,156 Santa Clara 2/12/88 W, 108-89

Men's Basketball Year-by-Year Records

Season Record Att. Avg.
1981-82 1-6 15,042 2,149
1982-83 7-7 23,546 1,682
1983-84 7-8 17,400 1,160
1984-85 6-7 18,071 1,390
1985-86 11-4 29,268 1,951
1986-87 10-5 24,808 1,654
1987-88 14-0 37,174 2,655
1988-89 10-3 44,357 3,412
1989-90 11-1 48,442 4,037
1990-91 7-4 21,620 1,965
1991-92 10-5 34,252 2,283
1992-93 5-9 34,934 2,329
1993-94 4-10 20,920 1,609
1994-95 9-6 29,340 1,956
1995-96 11-3 27,735 1,981
1996-97 6-10 20,777 1,298
1997-98 5-8 14,311 1,101
1998-99 9-5 16,020 1,144
1999-00 2-11 12,836 987
2000-01 5-7 18,095 1,508
2001-02 5-9 28,193 2,014
2002-03 7-6 21,789 1,676
2003-04 8-6 26,065 1,862
2004-05 6-6 25,819 2,152
2005-06 6-6 26,206 2,184
2006-07 8-5 31,114 2,393
2007-08 2-11 26,000 2,000
2008-09 3-10 27,452 2,112
2009-10 9-6 33,886 2,259
2010-11 7-7 31,114 2,296
2011-12 12-8 49,597 2,480
2012-13 5-9 31,269 2,234
2013-14 6-6 26,938 2,245

 

Women's Basketball Year-by-Year Records
Season W L
1982-83 5 3
1983-84 2 6
1984-85 1 10
1985-86 3 11
1986-87 3 10
1987-88 10 8
1988-89 10 3
1989-90 12 5
1990-91 10 6
1991-92 2 10
1992-93 11 2
1993-94 6 8
1994-95 5 7
1995-96 7 7
1996-97 4 10
1997-98 3 10
1998-99 4 7
1999-00 9 4
2000-01 11 3
2001-02 9 3
2002-03 10 3
2003-04 12 1
2004-05 7 7
2005-06 7 6
2006-07 7 5
2007-08 10 5
2008-09 10 4
2009-10 5 9
2010-11 5 7
2011-12 4 12
2012-13 9 5
2013-14 6 7
Totals 219 204

 

Women's Volleyball Year-by-Year Records (since '82)
Season W L Pct.
1982 15 3 .833
1983 5 10 .333
1984 6 10 .375
1985 6 6 .500
1986 8 1 .889
1987 7 6 .538
1988 4 8 .333
1989 4 8 .333
1990 8 5 .615
1991 6 3 .667
1992 10 5 .667
1993 8 3 .727
1994 10 3 .769
1995 12 2 .857
1996 14 1 .933
1997 8 3 .727
1998 10 1 .909
1999 9 5 .643
2000 8 2 .800
2001 7 7 .500
2002 11 4 .733
2003 14 1 .933
2004 12 4 .750
2005 8 4 .667
2006 12 5 .706
2007 9 4 .692
2008 5 9 .357
2009 6 5 .545
2010 5 4 .556
2011 7 5 .583
2012 9 6 .600
2013 11 4 .733
Total 274 147 .651

Updated: Oct. 16, 2014

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