Originally known as the Briggs Athletic Center, it was originally named for LeBaron Russell Briggs, dean of Harvard College 1891-02 and the school's athletic director for 17 years. Briggs also served as president of the NCAA. It included an indoor track and batting cages, which were popular with local collegiate and professional baseball players, including Ted Williams. In 1981, the Gordon Indoor Track and Tennis Facility (located adjacent to Harvard Stadium and the Bright Hockey Center) opened, and the building was refurbished as the new home to the Harvard basketball program, replacing the Malkin Athletic Center in Cambridge. The women's first game in the building was on November 26, 1982 against Chicago, and the men's was a day later against neighbor and rival MIT. In March 1996, the building was rededicated to Ray Lavietes '36, a two-time basketball letterman who made a $2.1 million contribution to a second refurbishing project in 1995 and 1996.
The Ray Lavietes Basketball Pavilion at the Briggs Athletic Center