London's Millennium Dome Rises Again

Once considered a disaster, the reborn multiuse "O2" is enjoying early success, with sold-out concerts and plenty of positive press

London's benighted Millennium Dome has been suddenly and spectacularly reborn. The massive 28-acre complex in the gritty Docklands area east of the city achieved notoriety for its cost overruns and vague purpose even before it opened on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 1999. A year later, it closed to the public—and then languished for six years as government and business leaders fought over what to do with the ungainly white elephant.

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