The Walter Pyramid opened to a national television audience in 1994.
Nov. 30, 1994
Long Beach, Calif. - None of it could have happened without the first night. Not the NCAA Volleyball tournaments and championships, not sell-out basketball games, the boxing bouts, the Stingrays, the Summer Pro League games--none of it could have happened without November 30, 1994, the night the Pyramid opened.
The 49ers men's basketball team played host to Detroit in a game televised nationally on ESPN. The Pyramid is 18 stories tall, and it was bursting at the rafters that night, with roaring noise from a raucous sell-out crowd of 5,021. Of course, the 49ers won, 71-64, kicking off a great season for the team as they went 11-2 in the Pyramid that year, while averaging over 4,000 fans in attendance.
It's rumored that the Pyramid actually hosted a game before opening night, when the women's volleyball team had a quick get-together.
In the fifteen years since opening, the Pyramid has been the site of tons of memorable moments for Long Beach State athletics. Don't believe it? Check out the rest of this list!
THE TOP 15 WALTER PYRAMID MOMENTS
- #15 | Unranked Women's Volleyball Upsets No. 8 Florida
- #14 | First NCAA Tournament match played in the Walter Pyramid
- #13 | Men's Basketball defeats UC Riverside for regular season Big West Championship
- #12 | Men's Basketball defeats UCSB in Homecoming comeback
- #11 | Women's Volleyball defeats No. 14 Hawaii in front of 5,015
- #10 | No. 2 Women's Volleyball defeats No. 4 Stanford
- #9 | Men's Basketball erases 23-point deficit on Homecoming
- #8 | Men's Basketball defeats USC
- #7 | Women's Volleyball defeats Texas to advance to the Final Four
- #6 | Men's Basketball gets first overtime win in the Walter Pyramid
- #5 | Women's Volleyball defeats Southern without allowing a point
- #4 | Women's Volleyball defeats UCSB and sets all-time attendance record
- #3 | Misty May's jersey retired on Senior Night
- #2 | No. 3 Women's Volleyball defeats No. 1 Nebraska
- #1 | The Pyramid's Grand Opening