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- Construction has finally begun on the new arena that will sit inside the Millenium Dome with a planned opening date of early 2007.

- The capacity will be 23,000 making it the biggest arena in the UK.

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The Arena will be run by Entertainment group AEG, the same guys who own The MEN and Staples Centre in L.A.

Good luck to anyone trying to get construction pics.
 

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Constructions finally begun? When? They kept that quiet! I would've thought they would be shouting about that from the rooftops!
 

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Now why didn't they just put that in there in the first place rather than that gash exhibition?

So Crossharbour won't start until mid-2007 at the earliest then, as they're not pulling Docklands Arena down till this is up.
 

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I dont think construction will take long...

1- Nothing to demolish
2- Construction can take place in all weathers as its all undercover

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This is the best news ive heard in ages....Ive been waiting so long for this to go up!
 

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They will be working on building a square as big as leicester or trafalgar (cant remember which) -theres another thread on this somewhere with a pic

Docklands arena has been closed for ages so it wont effect whatever is finally planned for that site.
 

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Though I hope its true....i wont believe its U/C untill i see a source saying so!

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Has this Dome Arena got an official site or what?


I know for one thing....people will forget what a piece of crap the dome was when the arena opens!

Biggest in the world aswell....perfect to go with wembley!
 

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Last I heard the current biggest has a maximum capacity of 25,000....and the last I heard the Maximum Capacity of the Dome Arena will me 26,000!

Im off to find arena capacity infomation...so expect me to be back with stuff to back up my claim!
 

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The Louisiana Superdome claim to the be the worlds largest indoor arena.

It's got a 'concert capacity' of 20,000. However, it's also got a maximum 'football capacity' of 72,003. So I don't know where they're squeezing the other 52,003 people.
 

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is it just me, but on that picture it looks like the arena inside is going to have its own roof underneath the dome!?
 

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I dont care what the Louisiana Superdome says they are...its just a gosh darn american football stadium!



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I never did find that stuff.....It was in the Sports Arenas section but i couldnt remember wich thread and I couldnt be arsed to go through the lot!

But I do remember another thing....the MEN arena was 14th!
 

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is it just me, but on that picture it looks like the arena inside is going to have its own roof underneath the dome!?
Yeah im sure there will be!
 

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The roof over the arena is so that they can control the acoustics better for concerts and stuff.

As for what's going on in the rest of the Dome:

From English Partnerships website.

"Part of the Dome looks directly onto the Thames and this section, from the arena inside the Dome to the river’s edge, will be known as “Dome Waterfront”. It will be fully accessible to the public and will be home to a number of additional sporting and leisure facilities, including cafés and bars. Visitors to the Dome Arena will also be able to dine in the restaurants or browse the shops located in Dome Central."
 

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were finally making use of a fantastic piece of modern architecture. Hopefully its bad reputation will be diminished if this all works out well. Its in a fantastic location, perfect for an arena.
 

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dome will have a flexible seating capacity of between 18 and 22 thousand..22 being the capacity for basketball. a capacity of 26 thousand is estimated for end stage concerts with standing floor space.
source: my mate jonny's wife sarah at roberts and owen lawyers.(lawyers for site developers)

he also told me that the developers want to attract pre season NBA and NHL games to dome plus that inside the dome their will be bars, clubs, restauarants, shops, a large adaptable seating vegas style show theatre, a large casino complex plus the areas next to the dome will get a huge makover with the river side area being turned into a riverside cafe culture style area and on the other side a big hotel is to built.

looks fab eh?
 
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