Walter Pyramid 20 Years

Designed by Long Beach architect Donald Gibbs, who recommends the cobalt blue color. Built at a cost of approximately $22 million.

Opens Nov. 30, 1994. One of only four pyramid buildings in the U.S. along with Las Vegas, Nev.; Memphis, Tenn.; and San Diego, Calif.

Eighteen stories high; base of each lower exterior edge is 345 feet long. Cantilevered seating units weighing 81 tons each can be raised to expose more than 38,000 square feet of new maple flooring; can seat up to 5,000. Can accommodate nine volleyball courts and five full basketball courts, with 4,200 seats around the main court.

Renamed the Mike and Arline Walter Pyramid in 2005 in honor of the CSULB professor and his wife for their generous support of the Athletics program.

Sees more than 200,000 annual visitors to athletic events and The Pointe conference center. In addition to LBSU sports, hosts events including the NBA Summer League; a speech by then-Senator Hillary Clinton; and movie, television and commercial filming.

New men’s and women’s locker rooms refurbished thanks to supporters Glen and Debbie Bickerstaff.


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