Gersten Pavilion, which enters its 36th year as the host of LMU's indoor athletic events in 2016-17, is the centerpiece of the LMU athletic complex. Opening in 1981, Gersten Pavilion has become one of the toughest places to play in the West Coast Conference and one of the premier athletic facilities in Southern California. While hosting men's and women's basketball and volleyball, the Pavilion has seen its share of memorable moments in the history of collegiate athletics.
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.