Colloquially referred to as The Dome or the O2 Arena, the Millennium Dome symbolizes the Meridian Line of Greenwich, located on the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London. In the year 1997, with Tony Blair becoming the Prime Minister, the construction of the Dome got initiated while National Lottery became the chief benefactor. With the theme of an exhibition, it focused mainly on ‘edutainment’, with proper categorization of zones- Faith, Talk, Mind, Rest, Home Planet, Body and Learning.
A controversy regarding whether the Dome was a proper symbol for London city got ignited. The focus being education and a high entrance fee, kept visitors away for a long time that eventually gave rise to a serious budget deficit, resulting to its end in the year 2000. However, again in 2005, the Dome came with the new name O2 and was transformed into a multifunction sports and entertainment complex. Designed by Richard Rogers partnership the cover of the Dome is made of PTFE-coated glass fiber. At the center, it is a 36m diameter, along with 52m height i.e. twice the size of Wembley Stadium. It is believed, that till 2018, the structure is expected to sustain.