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Title:Introducing the newly renovated Cooper Field

Cooper Field at Georgetown University

In 2015, Georgetown parents Peter and Susan Cooper (Parents’02, ’06, ’07, ’10, ’10) made a $50M gift to Georgetown, one of the largest ever received by the university and the biggest gift to the athletics program.

The historic gift underwrote The Cooper Athletics Leadership Program, a pioneering, academically based program that develops leadership skills and opportunities for students involved in one or more of Georgetown’s 29 Division I sports and teams.

“Sue and I are thrilled to share in providing a leadership curriculum and experience for student-athletes,” Peter Cooper said when the gift was announced. “We believe that athletics and academics combine to provide an ideal crucible to create future leaders. The program is a wonderful fit with Georgetown’s Jesuit values and tradition of care for others.”

The gift also enabled the university to further develop the centrally located multi-sport field that is home to Georgetown’s football, field hockey and lacrosse teams, as well as club sports and university-wide events. The renovations included:

  • Permanent football and field hockey locker rooms
  • Gameday locker rooms for men’s and women’s lacrosse
  • A visiting team locker room
  • Westside stands seating for 3,000 people
  • North endzone hillside lawn seating for 750 people
  • Permanent restrooms and a concessions area
  • State-of-the-art pressbox (broadcast booths, coaches boxes, replay, VIP suite)

Construction was completed in the fall of 2020.

See the newly renovated Cooper Field and hear President John J. DeGioia speak on the impact of the Cooper family’s gift >