Payne Whitney Gymnasium
|70 Tower Parkway, New Haven, CT 06520|
Payne Whitney Gymnasium, which is in the process of an exterior restoration, was constructed in 1932 under the direction of John Russel Pope. The gym is one of the most complete units of indoor facilities in the world. The building was given to the University by the Whitney family in memory of their son Payne Whitney, class of 1898. The nine and one half story structure contains training centers for crew, gymnastics, swimming, general exercise, recreational and varsity strength and conditioning and a state of the art fencing salon.
The Dwyer Sports Medicine Center, located on the first floor, is the primary rehabilitation facility for Yale Athletics. The recently renovated center includes seven treatment tables, physician's examination room, hydrotherapy room, dental mouthguard lab, isokinetic bicycles, a Kin Com Isokinetic testing and training device, an upper body ergometer, stairmaster and treadmill.
The highlight of the second floor is the Kiphuth Trophy Room, which features Yale memorabilia dating back to 1842. On each side of the tower are the wings which reach five and one-half stories in height. One wing is the John J. Lee Amphitheater, the home of Yale basketball, gymnastics and volleyball, and the other is the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Swimming Pool. This historic building is currently in the midst of a $100 million renovation under the direction of the architectural firms of Ellerbe Becket and Cesar Pelli. Phase I of the renovation was completed with the opening of the William K. Lanman Center in April, 1999.
The Lanman Center adds 57,000 square feet of new space that provides four regulation basketball and volleyball courts, 20 basketball stations and six badminton courts, along with a one-eighth-mile indoor running track. Other additions in Phase I include 15 international squash courts and three exhibition courts, one of which is the only four-glass-wall court in the country. Also new is the magnificent 20,000-square foot Adrian C. "Ace" Israel Fitness Center, which includes the 7,000-square foot Brooks-Dwyer Varsity Strength and Conditioning Room. In addition, new locker rooms for varsity basketball, crew, fencing, gymnastics, squash, volleyball and women's general membership were completed. Future phases include a 50-meter pool with a separate spring board and tower diving facility, expanded gymnastics and fencing centers and additional improvements to membership locker rooms and the John J. Lee Amphitheater lobby. Yale is proud to house one of the most magnificent gymnasiums in the world and is committed to ensuring that it meets the needs of today's modern athlete. The new Payne Whitney Gymnasium will carry forth the great history and traditions of Yale Athletics into the next century.