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The O2
The O2
is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the centre of The O2
The O2
entertainment complex on the Greenwich Peninsula
Greenwich Peninsula
in southeast London. The arena was built under the former Millennium Dome, a large dome shaped building built to house an exhibition celebrating the turn of the third millennium; as the dome shaped structure still stands over the arena, The Dome remains a name in common usage for the venue. The arena, as well as the total O2 complex, is named after its primary sponsor, the telecommunications company O2. The O2
The O2
has the second highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the United Kingdom, behind the Manchester Arena, and took the crown of the world's busiest music arena from New York City's Madison Square Garden in 2008.[3] The closest underground station to the venue is the North Greenwich station
North Greenwich station
on the Jubilee line.


1 History 2 Events 3 Ticket sales records 4 Prizes and awards 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Prince’s stage for his sold out performance of 2007 Following the closure of the Millennium Experience
Millennium Experience
at the end of 2000, the Millennium Dome
Millennium Dome
was leased to Meridian Delta Ltd. in December 2001, for redevelopment as an entertainment complex. This included plans for an indoor arena.[4] Construction of the arena started in 2003, and finished in 2007. After the interior of the dome had been largely cleared and before building work inside began, in December 2004, the dome was used as the main venue for the annual Crisis Open Christmas organised by the London based homelessness charity Crisis.[5] Owing to the impossibility of using cranes inside the dome structure, the arena's roof was constructed on the ground within the dome and then lifted; the arena building's structure was then built around the roof.[1] The arena building, which houses the arena and the arena concourse, is independent from all other buildings in the O2 and houses all the arena's facilities. The arena building itself takes up 40% of the total dome structure. The seating arrangement throughout the whole arena can be modified, similar to the Manchester Arena.[6] The ground surface can also be changed between ice rink, basketball court, exhibition space, conference venue, private hire venue and concert venue. The arena was built to reduce echoing, a common problem among London music venues.[7]

O2 Arena
hosting a tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals. Events[edit] Main article: List of events at the O2 Arena On 21 July 2007, British rock band Keane played the arena as part of their Under the Iron Sea Tour, and the performance was later released as their Keane Live
Keane Live
DVD. From 2008, the O2 Arena
has hosted Capital's Jingle Bell Ball
Jingle Bell Ball
which is an annual minifestival held over two nights usually in early December. Since 2009, the arena has hosted the prestigious ATP World Tour Finals, the season ending finale of men's professional tennis, featuring the top eight players in the world. In 2015 it was announced that the tournament would extend its deal to hold the tournament until 2018. The venue has hosted the event for the second longest tenure, behind only Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(1977–89). During the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
and Paralympics, the venue was referred as the North Greenwich Arena
due to Olympics regulations regarding corporate sponsorship of event sites.[8] Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
was scheduled to perform on 25 and 26 May 2017 as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour, but the event was cancelled after the Manchester Arena
bombing on 22 May. The event was not rescheduled. Since March 2013, the arena has hosted C2C: Country to Country, Europe's largest country music festival, which annually attracts over 20,000 fans. UK and Irish acts as well as up-and-coming American acts perform sets several times across various pop-up stages in and around the arena, with the main stage accessible only to ticket holders. The seventh C2C
was held on 8–10 March 2019.

Ticket sales records[edit] Despite being open for only 200 days per year (the equivalent of seven months), the venue sold over 1.2 million tickets in 2007, making it the third most popular venue in the world for concerts and family shows, narrowly behind the Manchester Arena
(1.25 million) and Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
in New York City (1.23 million). As of 2018, the O2 Arena
was still the busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales.[9]

World's Busiest Arenas – 2017[10]


2017 Ticket sales for concerts/shows

The O2
The O2
Arena, London, England, UK


Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York, USA


Manchester Arena, Manchester, England, UK


SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, UK


Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA


Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany


Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico


Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Mexico


The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA


WiZink Center, Madrid, Spain


Prizes and awards[edit] 2016 Pollstar International Venue of the Year 2016 Billboard Touring Awards: Top Arena 2016 The London
Venue Awards: Best Music Venue 2016 The Drum UK Event Awards: Large Venue of the Year 2017 Pollstar International Venue of the Year See also[edit] The O2 Millennium Dome Live at the O2 Arena List of tennis stadiums by capacity References[edit]

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^ O2 Arena
- ME Engineers Archived 24 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine

^ White, Dominic (15 April 2008). "The Lemon Dome That was Transformed into O2's Concert Crown". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2011.

^ "New life for Millennium Dome". news.bbc.co.uk. 18 December 2001. Retrieved 10 October 2017.

^ "Dome sleeps 700 over festive week". BBC News. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2014.

^ "wins contract at O2 Arena". Audience Systems. Retrieved 7 May 2011.

^ "Dome's hi-tech refit for The O2". BBC News. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2010.

^ "O2 Arena
forced into Olympic rebrand following sponsor clash". brandrepublic.com.

^ https://www.pollstar.com/News/2017-year-end-special-features-top-tours-promoters-venues-grosses-134154

^ "TOP 200 ARENA VENUES 2017" (PDF). 31 December 2017.

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