After recent speculation of their future development, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is excited to unveil their new attraction located at Bizzell Hall, opening in Spring 2020. Having already established a partnership with the Texas A&M University Galveston campus, with courses such as MARB 200: The SeaWorld Experience, SeaWorld’s Board of Directors decided that this construction would prove to be a strong investment. “It is common knowledge that Aggies display incredible hospitality,” said Lowell Miran, a SeaWorld board member. “We knew that Bizzell Hall would create a permanent home for those animals currently located at our San Antonio theme park.”
Miran went on to include a defined scope of what the project entails. The SeaWorld at the Texas A&M Campus will be home to the “Journey to Atlantis” ride, a new “Sea Lions at Play” show, as well as many animal habitats featuring penguins, orcas, and a variety of sea life. “The board and I are most excited about the ‘SeaLife Assistance Services,’” Miran added. “This program stands to rehabilitate injured sea creatures under appropriate guidance. The availability of this service demonstrates our commitment to organizational values and we know Texas A&M would agree.”
The project is already underway, as demolition of Bizzell Hall began late this summer. Under the direction of project manager Sibyl White, the student services once available at Bizzell Hall have been relocated to West Campus. “I understand the inconvenience of relocating these services, but it is important that we create livable areas for our animals,” said White. “Creek or river, ocean or sea, we need to create habitats for these injured and otherwise helpless sea creatures.”
Despite the lack of public explanation for the project, the construction site is very noticeable on campus, as it is surrounded by tall, white, wooden walls. Students seem to be excited for the entertainment center, as it would provide an additional area to relax between the stresses of school.It is not currently known if SeaWorld will offer discounted rates for residents at nearby hotels, such as the one being developed on the other side of the Memorial Student Center.
UPDATE: Since this announcement has been made, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have moved their protest efforts to main campus. Students are encouraged to approach the Memorial Student Center with extreme caution and should expect minor traffic for two to four weeks.
—Left On Redass