GW to nix Hippodrome

The Hippodrome bowling alley will be removed and replaced this academic year with a yet-to-be-determined space.

The lack of enthusiasm for the bowling area prompted administrators to rethink the use of the vast space the alley occupies on the fifth floor of the Marvin Center, University spokeswoman Candace Smith said.

The plan is still conceptual at this point and there is still neither a timeline nor a cost estimate, Alicia O’Neil, senior associate vice president for operations, said. The University will work with the Student Association and the Marvin Center Governing Board student leaders, she added.

Dylan Pyne, Marvin Center Governing Board chairman, said he is unsure of specifics, but he has heard there is a desire to complete a redesign of the whole fifth floor, using the areas previously occupied by WOW and the bowling alley.

“Renovations to the fifth floor of the Marvin Center will further the university’s goal of consolidating services,” Smith said.

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