The Jenny Craig Pavilion opened its doors on Thursday, October 5, 2000 to the USD community. Over 2,000 faculty, staff, and students attended the grand opening ceremony, which included a live band, tours, and food on the Eagan Plaza. Jenny and Sid Craig were present to open the Pavilion to the campus community.
The dedication included a drawing where one lucky student - senior Boyd McGowan. a crew team member - won a $10,000 tuition credit, and the unveiling of the redesigned USD mascot, a 10-foot-tall inflatable Torero designed by Shawn McEachern '95, owner of Inflatable Design Group.
Other activities during the opening week included the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Hall of Fame Dedication and Induction Ceremonies on Friday night and USD's annual Homecoming Celebration for tours and dinner on Saturday. USD is thrilled to have the best facility in the West Coast Conference for intercollegiate basketball and volleyball games as well as a cultural and intramural center for the whole campus community