Georgetown University, as a leading American and Jesuit institution, is committed to the cultivation of the whole person; the training not only of the intellect and spirit, but also the body. With this in mind, the Yates Memorial Field House was built to meet the recreational, instructional, and intramural sport needs of the entire University Community.
The Yates Memorial Field House was opened in the fall of 1979 and named in honor of Gerard F. Yates, S.J. Father Yates taught classics, history and political science as an educational apostolate; as an assistant, associate, and full professor. At one time, he was chairman of the political science department and also Dean of the Graduate School. Outside the classroom, he vigorously promoted activities that continue to strengthen the quality of student life on campus.