In April 1999, the University officially opened the doors of the William K. Lanman, Jr. Center, a new brick and glass addition on the Lake Place side of Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Designed by Ellerbe Becket Architects in collaboration with Cesar Pelli & Associates, the center adds 57,000 square feet to Yale's premier athletic facility and marks the completion of Phase I of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium Project. The multipurpose complex houses four regulation basketball and volleyball courts, eight mini courts for basketball and 20 basketball stations, six badminton courts, and a one-e ighth-mile, indoor running track.
On April 22, 1999, Yale President Richard Levin and Director of Athletics, Tom Beckett honored leading donors at a dedication of the new wing. The addition was named for Colonel William K. Lanman, Jr. '28,USMC RET., a longtime benefactor of the university whose gifts helped to fund the construction project.
Also recognized at the dedication were Joshua Bekenstein '80 and his wife Anita Bekenstein, honored for their contribution for the basketball and volleyball courts; and Glenn H. Greenberg '68 and Stephen D. Greenberg '70, whose gifts name the Greenberg Brothers Track.
The facility is available to the Yale community for special events and can seat up to 4,000 people.
FROM ROUTE 15 NORTH: Take Exit 61. Drive south on Whitney Ave for approximately five miles. Turn Right on Sachem St. at the Peabody Museum traffic light. Continue to next traffic light (at Prospect Street) and turn left. Proceed for two blocks and take a right at the light onto Grove Street (turns into Tower Parkway). Go approximately 1/2 mile and when road bends to the left; Payne Whitney Gymnasium is the 9-story building in front of you.
FROM THE SOUTH: Take Exit 57. Drive east on Route 34 (Derby Avenue) for five miles to the fork of Derby Avenue and George Street (three blocks past the Yale Athletic Fields). Bear right on George Street. Continue on George Street about eight blocks to York Street. Turn left, and continue until a left onto Tower Parkway.
FROM I-95: From the North and South: Turn off turnpike at I-91 to Trumbull Street Exit 3. Follow Interstate 91 directions below.
FROM I-91: Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street Exit). Continue to the end of Trumbull Street to the fourth traffic light. Turn left onto Prospect Street and continue for one block. At light take a right onto Grove Street (turns into Tower Parkway). Go approximately 1/2 mile and when road bends to the left; Payne Whitney Gymnasium is the 9-story building in front of you.