George Mason Hosted 2.1 Million Visitors in 2002

Posted: April 15, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Students, staff, and faculty members are not the only ones making use of George Mason’s facilities. According to statistics released recently from each of the university’s three campuses, 2.1 million visitors came to George Mason in 2002. An estimated breakdown of each campus is as follows:

  • Fairfax: 1.4 million visitors–this includes the Patriot Center, the Aquatic and Fitness Center, Harris Theatre, athletic fields, student unions, academic space, and the Concert Hall.

  • Prince William: 575,000 visitors–this includes the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.

  • Arlington: 500,000 visitors

“These numbers present a viable example of how much our community and region rely on us,” says President Alan Merten. “Our institution has evolved into a significant center point for organizations and citizens throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. We host many visitors from other parts of the U.S. and even from other countries.”

The 2.1 million total represents at conservative estimate according to Barbara Lubar, director of Events Management. “We have a number of outside visitors who come to our campuses but not as part of any specific activity where they have to register, purchase a ticket, or identify themselves in any way,” she says.

The total number of visitors is the result of thousands of scheduled activities at the three campuses throughout the calendar year. In 2002, the Arlington Campus hosted dozens of events and programs that were open to the public. The Fairfax Campus hosted 21,569 activities. The Prince William Campus hosted more than 150.

Each year, George Mason campuses are also home to approximately 27,000 students and 4,700 faculty and staff members.

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