The O2 announced today that following rigorous safety checks that have deemed the venue safe, secure and structurally sound, it will be reopening its doors to visitors again on Friday, Feb. 25.
Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images – The roof of the O2, London, after parts of it were torn away by high winds during the storm Eunice, Feb. 18 (picture date: Feb. 21)
The iconic building will reopen on Feb. 25.
It will be exactly a week to the day since Storm Eunice damaged the iconic roof of the popular music, leisure and entertainment venue.
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell will take the stage on Friday, “and all future scheduled events will go ahead as planned,” according to a press release announcing the reopening.
The 2,800-capacity venue indigo at The O2 will reopen for live events from Saturday, Feb. 26.
Two performances by Mercury Prize and BRIT Award winner Dave, originally scheduled for Feb. 21-22, have been rescheduled to Feb. 28 and March 1.
The O2’s Entertainment District, which features bars, restaurants, a cinema and more, as well as the visitor attraction Up at The O2, will be reopening on Friday as well.
According to a statement sent out by the O2 today, “although the hole in the fabric caused by Storm Eunice will remain visible for some time whilst a permanent solution is put into place, the damage is in fact limited to an isolated area within The O2’s premium outlet shopping experience Icon Outlet. For the time being this section of the destination will remain closed while essential works continue.”
– Steve Sayer
Vice president and general manager of The O2, London.
Further communication on the re-opening of these 60-plus shops and venues will follow the coming weeks.
Works on the roof will continue into the coming weeks. The O2 has engaged a team of experts including the structural engineers who originally worked on the building design to address the required repairs.
To allow guests who are visiting the arena to enter and exit the venue safely, protected from the elements, a new entrance tunnel has been constructed by Entrance H.
Steve Sayer, VP and general manager of The O2, said, “Confirming our reopening after such a short closure is a huge testament to everyone who is working so hard to get us open again. Safety will always be our number one priority and as a venue, we have always been proud of the standards we hold and delivering a best in class fan and artist experience. On behalf of The O2, I would like to thank our partners, the industry, our staff and all the fans for their support and patience. We’re back, we’re safe and we can’t wait to see you soon.”