The O2 Arena, renamed North Greenwich Arena for this year’s Games, is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the centre of The O2, a massive entertainment district. With a capacity of up to 20,000 depending on the event, it is the second largest arena in the UK and one of the most popular music and sport venues in the world.
Following the closure of the Millennium Experience at the end of 2000, the famous Millennium Dome was redeveloped as an entertainment complex, including an arena. The construction 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 erected around the roof. The whole arena building takes up 40% of the total dome structure.
The seating arrangement throughout the whole arena can be modified. The ground surface can also be changed between ice rink, basketball court, exhibition space, conference venue, private hire venue and concert venue.
Since its opening in 2007, the arena has been host of many concerts, including performances by U2, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Muse, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Radiohead and Tom Jones.
The arena regularly hosts hockey, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, boxing and MMA competitions of the highest level.
During this year’s Games, the arena will host some of the gymnastics competition and the basketball finals. The artistic gymnastics events will be held between 28 July and 7 August, men’s and women’s individual trampoline competition will take place between 3 and 4 August, and men’s and women’s basketball finals will be played on 11 and 12 August.
The men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics competitions both include team all-around, individual all-around, floor, pommel horse, rings, and vault competitions. Additionally, men’s and women’s contests include, respectively, parallel and horizontal bars events for men, and uneven bars and balance beam competitions for women.