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A mere 5,000 show up for the Dome
By Oliver Poole
Friday 14 January
AFTER days of stories about long queues blighting visits to the Dome, staff yesterday could, at least, promise visitors they would not have to wait long to see exhibits.
Unfortunately there was hardly anyone for them to tell the good news to. Only 5,000 people had journeyed to Greenwich to experience the promised "one amazing day" - 30,000 fewer than could have been fitted into the building and nearly 20,000 down on the number needed if the project is to break even.
Not one person was in the queue for the Body Zone, which drew crowds and long queues during the first days of opening. There was a brief flurry of activity after the finish of the daily Millennium Show as the crowd - which had barely filled a third of the 12,000-seat auditorium - emptied.
Those heading for the Body Zone were
told that they would have to wait no
The "domonitors", designed to inform
people which zones had queues of 15
Outside the Living Island exhibit
Max Gittings, from West Drayton, west
Stephanie Hawkins, 10, on holiday with her parents from Australia, said she had had a great day out. She said: "There are lots of interesting things for kids to do." There were certainly a number of schoolchildren tearing around the displays and an incensed Dome employee was seen racing down the corridor in pursuit of a schoolboy. Miss McCormack said: "At least someone is making the most of it."
A survey has shown that visitors
were more impressed by the train service