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Dinosaurs blamed for fall in audience numbers

World News
April 1, 2019

UNITED KINGDOM               

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.

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