Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No More Dome and Gloom as 10 Million Visit the O2; Purple Patch: Prince's 21-Night Residence Was a Highlight of Last Summer at the O2 in Greenwich

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No More Dome and Gloom as 10 Million Visit the O2; Purple Patch: Prince's 21-Night Residence Was a Highlight of Last Summer at the O2 in Greenwich

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Byline: BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER

THE 10 millionth visitor will walk through the O2 Arena this week, comfortably eclipsing the figures achieved by the venue when it was the Millennium Dome.

Since opening in June last year, the 23,000-capacity O2 has featured almost 500 acts, including Prince, Kylie Minogue, Led Zeppelin and the Spice Girls.

As host for the Millennium exhibition, the Greenwich site attracted six million visitors. But following a ?600 million refit it has established itself as one of the world's most popular music venues.

As well as the main arena, the O2 takes in the smaller IndigO2 venue and O2 Bubble, the recently opened Matter nightclub, 26 bars and restaurants and an 11-screen cinema. Attractions this month include Stevie Wonder, Lee Evans, an NBA basketball game and Gunther von Hagen's Body Worlds exhibition. The site, now run by Anschutz Entertainment Group, has become the highest-grossing music venue in the world. …

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