Fears that structural damage at the O2 may be permanent
Fears are growing that the whole roof of the iconic structure could be compromised by gusting winds as storm Eunice batters the UK.
A video posted on Twitter on Friday shows parts of the roof of the music venue in Greenwich in shreds with the damage spreading.
The canopy is made of PTFE-coated glass fibre fabric, a durable and weather-resistant plastic which has failed in winds said to be gusting over 100mph. Witness Mala Sharma told the PA news agency that “more and more parts are getting ripped off”. The witness said it happened “right in front of my eyes” and the damage “started off with a patch” but then a “chunk” of the dome roof ripped off.
It has subsequently emerged that The O2 arena will remain closed until Friday
In a statement, the arena said it was “not quite looking our best” after the storm. It added that a number of upcoming concerts would be rescheduled, with UB40 rescheduled to February 25, Simply Red to March 2 and 3, The Lumineers to March 4, and Davido to March 5.