Monday, April 28, 2008

GW a tourist spot?

As if navigating the crowds of prospective students touring around campus all through April wasn't enough of a hassle, apparently The Washingtonian is advertising GW - specifically, the Hippodrome - as a family-friendly, super fun place to hang out this spring ion their article "Plan It: Four Days With the Kids in Washington, DC":

7:30 PM: End the Night With Family Fun

Head to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood and try your luck on the bowling lanes. The George Washington University’s Hippodrome, on the fifth floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st St., NW; 202-994-3866), features 12 bowling lanes, six pool tables, air hockey, and foosball. Billiards and air hockey cost $8 an hour per table; foosball is $6 an hour; and bowling is $5 a person per game plus $2 for shoe rental. The Hippodrome is open during the academic year only, from the end of August to mid-May.

While it's great that they're advertising the university, and that this will (in theory) bring in more revenue, is it such a great thing to have kids running around the fifth floor of the Marvin Center, taking up valuable bowling, air hockey and eating space? For that matter, would it even matter - do enough people use the fifth floor Marvin Center facilities that visiting families would cause problems?

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