Doubts if 1.2 Billion-dollar Millennium attraction will break even
Londons Millennium Dome just cant stay out of the headlines, and the news isnt good once again. There are big questions as to whether the facility will ever get enough visitors to pay off the price of the billion-dollar facility
The Millennium Dome was put up for the big New Years Eve bash, and before the party ever started the Dome was bashed with bad publicity. Some people said it was ugly, and looked like a giant mushroom. It is 160 feet tall with 80,00 square meters of space inside. Others said it was just plain a waste of money and that the events inside were not living up to expectations. The private New Years Eve party also attracted more attention when invited guests had to wait hours in lines; many never even had a chance to get a glass of champagne to toast the year 2000.
It cost more than $1.2-Billion (758 million pounds) to build the Millennium Dome and it opened to the public right after the big private New Years Eve party. The Dome needs 24,000 visitors a day to break even financially. Right now, organizers are not talking about attendance figures, and that has many people worried.
In Scotland tickets have been on sale since September but a recent survey
says only a handful of tickets has been sold. Turned off by high-ticket
prices and its south-east location, Scots are staying away from the year-
long exhibition. But a Daily Record poll of 105 National Lottery outlets in
Scotland which sell the tickets found that they have sold only 22 tickets
The New Millennium Experience Company's refusal to publish attendance
figures made it very difficult to calculate if the project was on track. But
an NMEC spokeswoman said the company was "delighted" with the number of
people who had been through the turnstiles. The only clue the NMEC gave on
attendance figures was to dismiss as a "vast underestimate" reports that
only 7,000 people paid to get into the Dome on Friday.
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