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- The O2 opened its doors in 2007, with Bon Jovi as the first headline act.
- In one of the first naming rights deals of its kind, O2/Telefonica partnered with AEG to create The O The agreement was renewed in 2017 for another decade.
- The O2 arena is the first purpose built music venue in London since the Royal Albert Hall was built in 1871.
- Since opening, over 70 million people have visited The O2. Almost 9 million visitors come to The O2 each year.
- The O2 has an overall diameter of 365 metres and a circumference of a kilometre. It is 52 metres high at its central point and over 70 kilometres of high-strength cabling make up the cable-net structure that supports the roof.
- The O2 was turned into the North Greenwich Arena for the 2012 Olympics and hosted gymnastics and parts of the basketball tournament.
- The NHS holds the record for the longest continuous residency at The O2, after the venue was temporarily transformed into a training facility for NHS staff for 44 days during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. This overtook previous record holder Prince, who played an impressive 21 nights at the arena in 200
- Take That hold the records for the most performances and number of tickets sold.
- Metallica made history in October 2017, playing to a record-breaking 22,211 people at The O2, smashing the previous record set by Muse in 2016.
- BTS smashed the merchandise sales record in October 2018, which was previously held by The Rolling Stones.