The Haas Pavilion at U.C. Berkeley is undergoing a major renovation. Haas, Jr. Fund Board Chair Walter J. Haas reflected on what the improvements will mean for athletes, coaches, and Bears fans, as well as what this gift would have meant to his dad: “We’re extremely pleased to help Cal Athletics ensure that Haas Pavilion continues to be a well-equipped and dynamic venue for all,” Mr. Haas said. “My father was a devoted Cal alum, and he believed in the power of sports to galvanize not only a team but the entire community. This gift embodies his legacy.”
Construction is expected to be completed in time for the fall 2015 intercollegiate athletics seasons.
Haas Pavilion initially opened in 1933 and was known as Harmon Gym for more than 60 years. The arena was renamed Haas Pavilion in 1999 following a two-year renovation that nearly doubled capacity to 11,877 seats. The facility is named for Walter A. Haas Jr. ’37, who, with his wife, Evelyn, provided the lead gift through their family foundation.
“Haas Pavilion is much more than just another campus building,” Deputy Director of Athletics for External Relations Phil Esten said. “What happens inside the corridors and on the arena floor cannot be replicated. These are shared experiences that forge an everlasting bond between the students and the University. With this announcement, we are entering the next phase of Haas Pavilion and are ushering in a renewed Cal spirit that strikes a balance between tradition and innovation.”
Watch this time lapse video of the raising of the new scoreboard at the Haas Pavilion: