TicketPro Dome Closes Down It's Business
While other business structures that house large crowds were ordered to operate their business at 50% capacity, TickePro Dome has had to close its doors completely. Read further for more.
The TicketPro Dome is the largest causality to lose business under the Covid-19 restrictions since the beginning of lockdown in 2020. The entertainment industry will be hit the most as the attractive large structure houses live international concerts and entertainment events.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe impact particularly on the entertainment industry as we saw live performances being cancelled across the country. The Dome is the biggest entertainment host in the City of Johannesburg and South Africa.
The closing of the TicketPro Dome doesn’t only take away entertainment events, but also people’s jobs. This will have a direct impact on the already record-breaking unemployment rate and weakened economy.
When TicketPro Dome opened it's doors for the first time on 8 April 1998, it hosted a live concert with Diana Ross and filled 75% of its capacity with 15 000 people. Two decades down the line, the 20-year-old structure that gave South Africans the best memories, putting people in business and jobs is now no more.
The Dome has hosted the most celebrated international artists like Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and South Africa’s very own Black Coffee.
The Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions, Carol Weaving, who owns the TicketPro Dome business shares her disappoints and regrets about the closing of the Dome. She believes that government intervention could have saved the business by allowing a 50% capacity operation.
She continues by saying that they have exhausted all consultations to engage with the government and nothing has come out of that effort.
With the prohibition on public gatherings, we haven’t been able to do anything for the past 16 months, the whole of 2020 and now 2021.
It’s said that the venue belongs to Sasol Pension Fund, and it will not be used for hosting entertainment events.
When the government continues to look away from closing private businesses, the economy suffers and ultimately the people employed by these businesses do too. Weaving is certain that more businesses will be lost because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the approach government uses to deal with it.
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