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Be a Part of Yale Swimming & Diving History

A new natatorium at Payne Whitney Gym is now an approved facility on Yale’s capital project list. With a cost of $47 million for a new state-of-the-art facility we need all alumni and friends to join together to make this project a reality.

This New Facility will allow Yale to:

• Host an Ivy League Championship meet due to expansion of lanes (9 total) and deck size

• Allow for more efficient home contests - separate diving well and connection to third floor practice pool allows for enhanced water space for multiple events

• Recruit against our competitors in the League: as facilities are becoming more integral to student-athletes choosing an undergraduate institution we need to ensure our facility offers world-class amenities and the chance to further develop as a swimmer or diver

• Provide fast water: 9 foot depth throughout is proven to be the swiftest water depth

• Serve the broader Yale community for their fitness needs with a facility that is centrally located and walkable from the entire Yale campus

• Serve club teams such as water polo and intramural programming for what will soon be 14 residential colleges

• Serve other varsity teams for rehab, conditioning, and sports medicine purposes

• Offer additional water space for recreational courses such as scuba diving and life guarding/water rescue.


How You Can Help:

  • We are still looking for an 8-figure leadership donor to name to new aquatic facility – get your name on a piece of Yale history forever!
  • Six and seven-figure gifts will help us move the needle towards completion and will be given naming opportunities within the new facility.  We need leaders to step up!
  • CREATE A RELAY TEAM – gather with four friends to create a $100,000 relay (each giving $25,000).  All $25,000 donors will be recognized on a plaque within the facility
  • Email pledges are currently being taken (no cash) until June 30th.  At that time we will evaluate our progress and determine next steps on the new aquatic facility.
  • All pledges are payable over five years
  • Contact Alison Cole ’99, Director of Athletic Development, with any questions or with pledges at

Additional Resources:

  • Yale’s ELI (A publication for top donors) on the new aquatic facility – CLICK HERE