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All you need to know about the O2 Arena

O2 Arena has been trending on Nigerian social media for the past several days. Because of Wizkid’s recent concert at the stadium,

This comes after Ayo Balogun Wizkid, a Nigerian international music artist, completed a three-day run of the Made in Lagos (MIL) event at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

The O2 Arena’s management praised Wizkid by gifting him with an artwork after the show sold out three times.

Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Bella Shmurda, Mayorkun, and Tems are among the Nigerian musicians who have performed at the O2 Arena, in addition to Wizkid.

This article will cover all you need to know about the O2 Arena.

General information

Former Name. Millennium Dome (2000)

Type. Entertainment venue

Architectural style. Dome/tent

Location. Greenwich Peninsula
London, SE10
United Kingdom

Completed. 31 December 1999; 21 years ago

Opening. 24 June 2007; 14 years ago

Owner. Homes and Communities Agency

Height. 52 m (central point within canopy)
100 m (steel masts)

Diameter. 365 m (canopy overall)
320 m (internal canopy)

Structural system. Steel, tensioned fabric

Architect. Richard Rogers (canopy)
Populous (redeveloped interior)

Structural engineer. BuroHappold Engineering

Services engineer. BuroHappold Engineering (canopy)
M-E Engineers (redeveloped interior)

Awards and prizes. Royal Academy of Engineering
MacRobert Award

Website. theo2.co.uk

The O2 Arena was once known as the Millennium Dome and was opened to the public in 2000 to mark the beginning of a new millennium. The massive structure, which is located on the outskirts of London, is estimated to have cost $976 million (£700 million) to build.

The O2 Arena originally held a surreal theme park with exhibits influenced by culture, lifestyle, and spirituality, according to its original structure.

The Millennium Dome, now known as the O2 Arena, was closed down a year later due to bad evaluations.

Despite the shutdown, maintaining the building was costing the government $1.4 million (£1 million) each month, prompting the government to put it up for sale, with AEG becoming the new owners.

However, the British Government didn’t sell the O2 Arena rather;, it gave AEG the land for free after the firm agreed to pay 15% of the venue’s net profits for 25 years.

After taking ownership, AEG made some changes to the arena’s structure by putting up a state-of-the-art entertainment complex with a 21,000-seat stadium in the centre.

Today, the O2 Arena is surrounded by a climate-controlled shopping and dining boulevard with an 11-screen theatre complex and museum area. 

After the O2 Arena was opened in June 2007, Bon Jovi played on opening night. Today it has hosted many of the biggest music stars across the world.

Aside from the O2 Arena, AEG is also the owner of Staples Center in Los Angeles, New York’s PlayStation Theater, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, and the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

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