Friday, 16 December 2011

North Greenwich Arena and Olympic Closing Ceremony Tickets

The O2 arena, referred to as North Greenwich Arena in context of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics is a multipurpose indoor arena located in the centre of The O2, a large entertainment complex on the Greenwich peninsula in London, England.
With a capacity of up to 20,000 depending on the event, it is second largest arena in the UK after the Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN Arena) and one of the largest in Europe. In 2008, The O2 Arena took the crown of the world's busiest music arena from the MEN Arena, a title which it had held since 2001. Following the closure of the Millennium Experience at the end of 2000, the Millennium Dome was leased to Meridian Delta Ltd. in 2001, for redevelopment as an entertainment complex. This included plans for an indoor arena. Construction of the arena started in 2003 and finished in 2007. 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. 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 whole arena building takes up 40% of the total dome structure.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics it is scheduled to be the venue for gymnastics, for which it will have a spectator capacity of 16,500, and for basketball finals, for which it will have a capacity of 20,000. During the 2012 Summer Paralympics it is scheduled to be the venue for wheelchair basketball finals, for which it will have a capacity of 18,000. Due to IOC sponsorship regulations, it will officially be known as North Greenwich Arena during the games. The rest of the basketball and wheelchair basketball competitions will take place at an arena in the Olympic Park, a 6,000 seat temporary venue called North Greenwich Arena 2 was to be built nearby to stage the Olympic badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events, but these will now take place in the Wembley Arena.
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