LOWER CAPACITY family shows saw total audience figures at London’s The O2 (cap. 22,000) fall 220,000 last year, compared with 2017.
According to a company report, the venue hosted 211 performances, which drew a total of 2.46 million people last year, compared to 2.68m people from 208 performances in 2017.
Pre-tax profits were £45.15m in 2018, a drop of £300,000 compared to 2017.
The O2’s CFO Paul Reeve says the fall in numbers was “simply a function of the type of tours or events that can be in any one year”.
“Last year saw some excellent family entertainment such as 10 performances with Walking with Dinosaurs – these typically have a lower attendance capacity than an average music show,” he explains.
The iconic Dome was built by the government to house an exhibition marking the millennium, at a cost to taxpayers of £789m ($1.23bn). Its sale to AEG and property developer MDL is intended to eventually return at least £550m ($860m) to public coffers.