The O2 Arena
|Address||Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10|
The O2 Arena is located in Greenwich, London. It is used to be the home of the Millennium Dome. The total capacity of the arena is 20,000 people. It is named after its main sponsor O2, a telecommunications company.
The O2 Arena is famous for having the 2dn largest seating capacity among the UK indoor venues. It has been the busiest music arena in the world since 2008. The North Greenwich is the closest underground station to the venue.
The arena was built for four years from 2003 to 2007. It was impossible to use cranes inside the building, and that is why the roof of the arena was created on the ground and then lifted.
The arena building occupies around 40% of the total dome structure. The seats can be re-arranged if there is a need. The ground surface can be transformed to suit different sports and events, such as basketball, sports on ice, exhibitions, private rent of venue, conferences, and concerts. It was built to reduce echoing, which is a typical problem for London music venues.
The area is open for around seven months a year, but it sales millions of tickets. For instance, in 2007, more than 1.2 million tickets were sold, and in 2015, more than 1.8 million tickets were purchased.