Ticketpro Dome will be closing its doors. The events venue will officially be shut from the 7th of September 2021. This is considered as ne of South Africa’s prominent event venues located in the city of Johannesburg, the“an end of an era” for South Africans!
The introduction of lockdown and prohibiting a number of things in the country has ensued the downfall of many businesses. Individuals that have businesses that are orientated with the entertainment industry, which is mostly surrounded by the idea of social gatherings, have experienced difficulties with keeping their businesses up and running due to the consequences of the ongoing lockdown.
The Ticketpro Dome’s effects that caused its owner, Sasol Pension Fund to shut it down, is because of the Covid-19 pandemic that seems to be a never-ending issue in society at the moment. As an events venue, it means the Dome only operates when there are events being hosted and held there. Gathering being prohibited means there is not any source of income that comes from the Ticketpro Dome.
The Dome’s owner, Sasol Pension Fund has sold the venue to a company that does not engage in or runs events. “This is another devastating blow for exhibitions, events, and entertainment industry due to Covid-19. The ban on public gatherings has meant that during 2020 and now 2021, the Ticketpro Dome has been unable to operate.” – said RX Venue Management in a statement on Monday afternoon.
The Dome was popularly known for hosting concerts by South African and international artists. The opening of the Dome on the 8th of April 1988 was through a concert hosted by Diana Ross, over 15, 000 individuals attended the concert and the late former president Nelson Mandela made an arrival as a special guest.
The Dome will be remembered for being the home for concerts by international acts like Lauren Hill, Pharrell Williams, Celine Dione, and Michael Buble to list a few. Most importantly it will be remembered for local acts like Black Coffee, Lira, Soweto Gospel Choir, and the man that made history in being the first local artist to sell out the Dome with his ‘Fill Up The Dome’ concert, Cassper Nyovest.
This can be considered as a loss for South Africans, but the Ticketpro Dome will be remembered for hosting international acts, exhibitions, local acts and providing entertainment as a whole.