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The O2 arena

  1. The O2 opened its doors in 2007, with Bon Jovi as the first headline act.
  2. 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.
  3. The O2 arena is the first purpose built music venue in London since the Royal Albert Hall was built in 1871.
  4. Since opening, over 70 million people have visited The O2. Almost 9 million visitors come to The O2 each year.
  5. 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.
  6. The O2 was turned into the North Greenwich Arena for the 2012 Olympics and hosted gymnastics and parts of the basketball tournament.
  7. 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
  8. Take That hold the records for the most performances and number of tickets sold.
  9. 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.
  10. BTS smashed the merchandise sales record in October 2018, which was previously held by The Rolling Stones.

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