800,000 Dome tickets sold

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More than 800,000 tickets have been sold for the Millennium Dome, organisers said today.

More than 800,000 tickets have been sold for the Millennium Dome, organisers said today.

The figure was confirmed by Liam Kane, managing director of the New Millennium Experience Company.

Speaking at the £758 million Dome, in Greenwich, south London today, Mr Kane initially said he was not prepared to give a figure on sales.

But then he admitted that a figure of 800,000 which had emerged from a House of Commons Culture Committee meeting last month, was true. He then added: "We are ahead of that number now."

Mr Kane's comments came two days after a Financial Times survey revealed that only one of 30 ticket outlets in three major cities had sold any tickets to the Dome, which opens to the public on January 1.

NMEC had responded by saying the survey was unrepresentative, that tickets were going well and that the company was on course to reach its target of 12 million visitors during the year 2000.

Today Mr Kane said: "I would like to thank the Financial Times for giving us two of the busiest days so far in terms of ticket sales since its article appeared.

"We took a policy decision about announcing ticket sales that we would give attendance figures for the previous month at the end of the second week of the following month. So January 2000's attendance figure will be announced in the second week of February."

He went on: "We are absolutely confident that we are on target to meet our 12 million figure. About a quarter of people tell us they will only buy their tickets the day before coming and, in all, 86% plan not to book more than four weeks before their visit."

Mr Kane was speaking as journalists viewed the towering 90 feet high male and female figures which make up the spectacular Body zone at the Dome.