The O2 has kept its title as the world’s busiest venue for the eighth year running after welcoming 2,076,553 into its arena in 2015.
Over the year acts like One Direction, U2 and Fleetwood Mac played to a packed-out stadium, while sporting events including the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the only NBA season game played outside the US and world class boxing were also held at the venue.
One Direction smashed a new social media record for The O2 after posing for a selfie on the venue’s Twitter Mirror backstage and was the third artist to join the new 21 Club, honouring those to have performed 21 times or more on The O2’s stage.
The record was first established by Prince with his run of 21 nights in 2007, The 21 Club Key is now presented to those who have matched his total performance record, with Take That, One Direction and Michael McIntyre all joining it last year.
The O2’s general manager Rebecca Kane Burton said: “2015 was an amazing year for The O2 with new records set, new residencies established and three new members of our 21 Club.
“While nobody has matched Prince’s record of a straight 21-night run, we’re delighted that our venue has played host to so many stars, so many times.
“We know it’s a hit with performers and fans alike and the team is excited about 2016 with a fantastic mix of music, entertainment and sporting fixtures already in the diary.”
Facts about The O2 in 2015:
- 603,398 pints and 209,913 bottles of beer sold
- Total ticketed arena attendance reached 2,076,553.
- 50,000 country fans packed out The O2 for C2C 2015. Building on its success, the festival returns this year for three days.
- Up at The O2 saw 103,000 people climb the roof.
- More than 200,000 Elvis fans enjoyed getting up close with his personal possessions at the Elvis at The O2 exhibition.
- Becks draught topped the overall food and drink sales with 217,733 purchases.
- Buxton bottled water came in second with 216,019 purchases.
- Classic chips were the most popular food item reaching sales of 65,922.
- Grill Street burgers came in second with 26,099 purchases.
Did you know The venue went meat-free when Morrisey played there in 2014