The London O2 Arena, home of the ATP Tour Finals

Evolved from the year-end tournament known as the Masters Grand Prix that began in 1970, the ATP World Tour Finals has been held at the O2 Arena in London since 2009.
Its move to London definitely breathed new life into the event, which had suffered from player withdrawals during its stint in Shanghai.

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The O2 Arena itself brings a glam factor to the tournament, which already has a marquee line-up but has now also acquired an A-list audience. The sell-out crowds do not only get a chance to rub shoulders with the elite of world tennis, but also catch a glimpse of a glittering array of sports stars and celebrities. Among those spotted last year include Princess Beatrice, Kylie Minogue, Kevin Spacey, and Diego Maradona.

ATP World Tour Finals, O2 Arena, London

The London O2 arena – formerly known as the Millenium Dome – was commissioned by the UK Government as one of London’s millennium projects – along with the London Eye and Jubilee Line extension.
The original plan was to turn the Dome into a glorious Great Exhibition, but that bit the dust within a year. The plans were ill-conceived and poorly thought out, and suffered from massive public apathy. It didn’t help that the exhibits were rather less than enthralling…
The venue was split into fourteen zones – Body, Work, Learning, Money, Play, Journey, Self Portrait, Living Island, Talk, Faith, Home Planet, Rest, Mind, and Shared Ground – containing educational exhibits and information displays. But over-optimistic visitor numbers (12 million) meant that it fell woefully short of cash, and the Government was frequently asked to bail it out.
(Source: www.londondrum.com)

The exhibition was open to the public from 1 January – 31 December 2000. All of the original exhibition and associated complex has since been demolished. The dome still exists, and it is now a key exterior feature of The O2.
In 2005 the Millennium Dome was renamed O2, after the British mobile phone company and was converted into a multifunctional sports and entertainment complex. The O2, was reopened to the public on 24 June 2007 with a concert by Bon Jovi.

London O2 arena

London O2 arena

London O2 arena

ATP World Tour Finals, O2 Arena, London

With a capacity of up to 20,000, the O2 Arena is the second largest arena in the UK, and has played host to Madonna concerts, NBA and NHL matches, and since 2009, the ATP World Tour Finals.

ATP World Tour Finals, O2 Arena London

ATP World Tour Finals, O2 Arena, London

London O2 Arena building facts:

– The cover of the Dome is made of PTFE-coated glass fiber, which has an estimated minimum lifetime of 25 years. The structure is expected to last until 2018. After that year, developers are allowed to demolish the dome and redevelop the site
– The O2 arena has an overall diameter of 365 metres, an internal diameter of 320 metres, and a circumference of a kilometre
– It is 50 metres high at its central point
– The twelve steel masts are 100 metres high
– Over 70 kilometres of high-strength cabling make up the cable-net structure
– It encloses a ground-floor area of over 80,000 square metres
– At full capacity The O2 arena can hold 20,000 people
– Over 20,000 people worked on site to create The O2 as it stands today
– The O2 arena is the first purpose built music venue in London since the Royal Albert Hall was built in 1837
– The roof of The London O2 arena weights 4,500 tonnes
– The O2 arena will host the 2012 gymnastics and basketball finals and is also the first Olympic venue to be completed
– The exhibition centre is arranged over two levels and covers 6,500m²
– All pints can be poured in 7 seconds
– 33,000 pints can be poured in half an hour
– The venue has over 25 bars, restaurants and cafes
– The London O2 arena has over 600 loos, meaning an end to seemingly never ending queues for women. (Wembley Arena has less than 200)
– The Eiffel Tower lying on its side would fit into the O2
– The O2 arena could hold 72 tennis courts
– The circumference of the tent is 1km

Who will win the ATP WTF 2012?

  • Roger Federer (43%, 3 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (29%, 2 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Janko Tipsarevic (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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