Fit. Active. Well.

The Margot Connell Recreation Center redefines the future of fitness and recreation at Boston College. Set to open in summer 2019, the 244,000-square-foot, four-story structure off St. Thomas More Road offers our community an inspired space to play, pursue sports, gather with friends and work out.

The much-anticipated center is named in honor one of BC’s most generous benefactors, whose civic and philanthropic endeavors have made her a role model for BC students. A trustee associate, honorary degree recipient, mother of six—all of whom are BC graduates—and the grandmother of 17, Margot Connell has been described by University President William P. Leahy, S.J., as a “matriarch of the BC community.”

Margot was inspired to create an outlet for students engaged in the rigorous demands of a Boston College education. An avid golfer and sports enthusiast, she has observed many of Boston College’s most memorable sports moments alongside her husband and children.


Margot Connell

Trustee Associate Margot C. Connell, H’09

The elevated indoor track on the fourth floor of the facility offers views of the Reservoir outside and the gym below. This image shows the actual site, with a campus rec employee photoshopped in. We can't wait for you to see it when the facility opens in summer 2019.

As we look toward the future of Boston College, the Margot Connell Recreation Center will be a key gathering place for students, faculty, staff, and the entire community. It is a place where we will care for our physical fitness but also for each other, reinforcing the values of teamwork and collaboration that are at the heart of the BC experience.
Caitríona Taylor Director, Campus Recreation

Your Chance to Get Involved

Your contributions ensure that, for years to come, BC students will have the vital facilities needed to develop and sustain active lifestyles. In addition to naming opportunities, there are other ways for donors to get involved. Donors who invest $100,000 or more will be recognized with a naming opportunity in the center. Those who give between $50,000 and $99,000 will be featured on the donor wall within the facility.

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