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David Manica led the schematic design of this project as an employee of HOK Sport (now Populous)
O2 Arena London
London, England
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.
The seating arrangement throughout the whole arena can be modified, similar to the Manchester Evening News Arena.  The ground surface can also be changed between ice rink, basketball court, exhibition space, conference venue, private hire venue and concert venue.
 
Despite The O2 arena’s being open for only seven months of the year, the venue sold over 1.2 million tickets in 2007, making it the third most popular venue in the world for concerts and family shows narrowly behind the Manchester Evening News Arena (1.25 million) and Madison Square Garden in New York (1.23 million). In 2008, it became the world’s busiest venue taking the crown from Manchester’s MEN Arena with sales of more than two million.

David Manica led the Schematic Design of this project as an employee of HOK Sport (now Populous)
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