The Charles E. Smith Center
The Charles E. Smith Center has served as the home of the George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation for more than 30 years. The facility's primary purpose is housing the majority of GW's 22 intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Swim, and Men's and Women's Water Polo play all of their home games at the Charles E. Smith Center. In addition to hosting varsity athletics, the Smith Center houses practice space for club sports, classroom space for Exercise Science classes, and office space for the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
In 2008, the Smith Center started a three-year renovation project stimulated by a $10 Million donation from the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation, and Robert P. and Arlene R. Kogod. The renovation, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, has transformed the Smith Center into a first class facility, worthy of housing our hard-working student athletes. The video below chronicles what the Smith Center means to current students, alumni, and supporters of GW Athletics.
Along with the intercollegiate sport events that occur, the Smith Center has also hosted many major events and concerts throughout the years. In the past, popular artists such as Bob Dylan, Maroon 5, Ben Folds, The Beach Boys, the Black-Eyed Peas, Ray Charles and Patti LaBelle have performed at Smith Center as well as comedians Bill Cosby, Dana Carvey, David Spade, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld and the late George Carlin. Sports fans have also enjoyed attending indoor tennis tournaments, USA Women's Basketball games, as well as many camps facilitated by GW coaches and staff.
The Smith Center is also available to host smaller scale events in our two club rooms: The Colonials Club and Champions Club. Whether it is a meeting for 10 or a sit down lunch for 75, these premier club rooms can suit your needs. For more information about hosting an event, big or small, at the Smith Center, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smith Center is a landmark and cornerstone of The George Washington University. Come see what happens here for yourself!
Because the Charles E. Smith Center is in a busy section of a major city, we encourage you to go green and take Metrorail or Metrobus to events at The Smith Center. The Smith Center is located at the corner of 22nd and G Streets NW, three blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU stop on the blue and orange lines. Visit the WMATA website for more information on getting to the event via public transportation.
Street parking for events is extremely limited. We encourage you to visit GW Parking Services' list of garages on campus for information on available visitor parking garages, their rates and hours.