February 14, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Today, the Villanova University Board of Trustees approved a plan to renovate the 31-year-old Pavilion. This significant renovation will be funded entirely by donor support and modernize and enhance the existing Pavilion. Construction on the Pavilion is scheduled to begin shortly after Villanova’s 2017 Commencement Weekend.

While the Pavilion is most well-known as the home of our men’s and women’s basketball teams, it is also the center for many of our University-wide events. The numerous programs and events that are ordinarily held in the Pavilion will be temporarily relocated during the renovation. While this will require some creative planning for the next year or so—when complete—the Finneran Pavilion will create a best-in-class atmosphere to better support these various campus-wide activities moving forward.

I also wanted to share the email below that Mark Jackson, Director of Athletics, sent to athletic constituents regarding the renovation. It contains additional information about the plans, including a website——that will be updated with project details as they are approved. I will also continue to share updates with you as they are finalized in the coming weeks.

This is more wonderful news for our community, and I look forward to welcoming you to the Finneran Pavilion when it reopens next year.



Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA