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Study: Bathroom wait longer for women at hall

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A study confirms women wait much longer than men to use the bathroom at a Grand Rapids theater, and achieving potty parity could be expensive.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Friday a study by Progressive Architecture Engineering finds women's average waiting and use time was 14 minutes during intermission at a DeVos Performance Hall show last fall. It took four minutes for men.

One solution costing $69,000 would add five toilet stalls to a 10-stall women's restroom. Another suggestion -- adding 10 stalls through conversion and construction -- would cost $295,000.

Broadway Grand Rapids Executive Director Mike Lloyd tells the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Arena Authority he hopes changes come soon. Broadway Grand Rapids brings popular touring shows to the city.

The study was prepared for the authority.

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