The O2 (formerly The Point) is Europe's first venue, of it size, which is custom designed for live music. The old Victorian warehouse is still very evident at the O2 but the pillars have been moved to create an amphitheatre style design and therefore it boasts unrivalled acoustics. The layout also ensures clear sightlines and proximity to the stage for everyone in the audience, due to its unique tiered seating design. The O2 has a capacity to hold up to 14,000 people who will enjoy some 150 entertainment and live music events in any given year. The O2 opened its doors to the public in December 2008.