Photo by Peter Flint

The Corner Pocket is back and better than ever. George Mason University’s game room is now in its new location in Student Union Building II.

Officially opening on Monday, Corner Pocket will have seven 9-foot billiards tables, four full-size pingpong tables, a foosball table and an air hockey table. Additionally, 16 video game stations will allow students to play games on PS3, X-BOX 360 and Wii. Several TVs have also been added for sports events.

It took nearly a year of construction to complete this project, but SUB II has become a fun-filled attraction on campus.

“The new game room is nearly twice the size of the old game room, and we have added new features for everyone to come and have a good time,” said Adil Shamsher, recreational assistant for Corner Pocket.

Among the new additions, the new Original Burger Company, located next door, shares a lounge with Corner Pocket.

“Students can enjoy lunch and then come right over to the game room to relax after a busy day at school,” Shamsher said.

The previous Corner Pocket opened in 1998 in the basement floor of Student Union Building I and was a place where students could enjoy a night away from studying.

Although available to all students, most of the students who use the game room are residential since many commuters are not as aware of what it offers.

Student Centers has increased its efforts to promote the game room to all students.

“I was walking back to the Johnson Center when I noticed the sign for the relocation of the game room,” said junior biology major Sonul Gulati. “I was so excited to find out about this. I really want to try out the new video game stations.”

With its new location, Corner Pocket has something to offer for just about anyone.

“We’re hoping that our new location will help increase student activities on campus,” Shamsher said. “Several student organizations have already reserved the game room for a game night for all of their members. We want everyone to come on out and have a good time and have a chance to meet new friends.”