The Millennium Dome, on Monday 28 February 2000.
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The Dome is open from 1 January 2000 for one year. The construction, the largest of its kind in the world, is over one kilometre in circumference and covers over 80,000 square metres, being supported by 43 miles of high-strength cable which holds up 100,000 square metres of fabric.
The translucent roof is 50
metres high at the centre and strong enough to support a jumbo jet.
The Dome could contain two Wembley Stadiums, 16 Albert Halls or the
Eiffel Tower on its side. You could even fit the Great Pyramid of
Giza inside it. However, I was somewhat disappointed when I
first saw it, as it really does not look that big. Only when you
enter the main arena, do you appreciate just how large it is.
Inside the Dome there are nearly 20 attractions creating a varied experience for everyone, young and old:) It was however extremely busy and although we were there from 11.30am until closing at 6pm, we only saw about 50% of the attractions. The queues were very long, but did move fairly quickly.