I like the fact that it started out as the UK’s millennium festival exhibition centre (and a bit of a white elephant at that!) yet it has been (very) successfully converted into a massive entertainment venue.
Ten years on from its opening it is now considered cool to go there, shame it wasn’t so cool in 2000!
I was there for the first time in 2000 for the Millennium Exhibition, and my last visit there was a year ago this weekend when I went to see Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour.
- The O2 has an overall diameter of 365 metres, an internal diameter of 320 metres, a circumference of a kilometre and is 50 metres high at its central point.
- The twelve steel masts are 100 metres high.
- If you turned The O2 upside down, it would take Niagara Falls 15 minutes to fill it.
- Alternatively, you could fill it with 3.8 billion pints of beer or the contents of 1100 olympic-sized swimming pools.
- The volume of The O2 is equal to thirteen Albert Halls, ten St Paul’s Cathedrals or two old Wembley Stadiums.
- 18,000 London buses could fit into The O2.
- The O2 is as high as Nelson’s Column.
- The Eiffel Tower could fit inside The O2 lying on its side.
- 12 football pitches or 72 tennis courts could fit in The O2.
- Entertainment Avenue is the same length & breadth as London’s New Bond Street.