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Pacific Park lights up Bruin Blue & Gold in advance of UCLA’s Final Four game against Gonzaga

Published on April 1, 2021

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit Bruin Blue & Gold on Friday, April 2 to root on UCLA as they advance to the Final Four.

On Friday, April 2, Pacific Park will join other LA-area landmarks in lighting Bruin Blue & Gold in advance of UCLA’s first Final Four appearance since 2008.

The No. 11 seeded UCLA Bruins beat No. 1 ranked Michigan Wolverines 51-49 on Tuesday night in a massive March Madness upset that went down to the buzzer.

On Saturday, April 3, the Bruins advance to take on the overall No. 1 seed, the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first of the Final Four games in Indianapolis. See the game on CBS at 5:30 PM.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Friday, April 2. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at

Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for the UCLA Bruins

Friday, April 2
Dusk to midnight (around 7 – 7:30 PM)

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


See the lights from home at

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheel’s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff. Each design is manually animated; some designs can take hours of programming. The aim is to provide fun, high-energy, and sometimes whimsical designs to entertain guests on the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding beaches.


Feature image courtesy of @ramirez_jr1107