End of an Era: Ticket Pro Dome Is Closing Its Doors After 20 Years

End of an Era: Ticket Pro Dome Is Closing Its Doors After 20 Years

  • After 20 years in the business, the Ticket Pro Dome has been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • The iconic events venue made an announcement that its doors will be closing for good on 7 September, 2021
  • The Ticket Pro Dome has hosted a large number of international artists such as Diana Ross and Pharrell Williams

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After being one of South Africa's most iconic events venue for more than two decades, the Ticket Pro Dome at Northgate in Gauteng is shutting down after taking a huge blow due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The venue has been sold by its owners – the Sasol Pension Fund – to a third company that does not operate in the events market, according to RX and BusinessTech.

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The Ticket Pro Dome will be closing its doors after 20 years of hosting some of South Africa's most iconic events. Images: @UlrichJvR & @credibblechippa
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Since its inception in 1998, the Ticket Pro Dome has hosted many international artists and exhibitions, as well as trade shows and fairs. Sports competitions such as the NBA Africa Games and the WWE International have also been held there.

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Managing Director of RX Africa Carol Weaving says the closure of the Ticket Pro Dome is tremendously disappointing and upsetting for the industry, according to Channel24.

"The Ticketpro Dome has been home to many international concerts and events in South Africa and this will undoubtedly leave a huge void," he said.

Weaving said since their company was only responsible for the management of the Ticket Pro Dome, they were unable to stop the sale of the iconic venue. The owners, Sasol Pension Fund, have sold the Ticketpro Dome to a third party that does not operate in the event space.

In 2020, the Dome introduced a ‘hybrid event' format that facilitated online contacts to mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 epidemic and imposed limits on gatherings, however, these events lacked the full in-person experience.

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The South African Events Council (SAEC) has been advocating for the live events industry to operate within Covid-19 safety regulations. They argued that if shopping centres are allowed to operate then live events should also be able to operate at 50% capacity.

The Ticket Pro Dome has hosted international artists such as Diana Ross, Kanye West, Trey Songz, Jill Scott and so many more. Local artists such as Lira, Cassper Nyovest, Black Coffee and Prime Circle have also taken centre stage at the venue.

The official handover of the venue will happen on 7 September, 2021.

Legend Oskido praises Cassper Nyovest, shares pic: "You have the deadly combination"

Briefly News recently reported that Kwaito music pioneer and house music legend DJ Oskido has taken his hat off as an 'OG' for a new school legend, Cassper Nyovest. Oskido lauded Cassper for the musician's recent launch of his own sneakers brand, Root of Fame.

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The Mahikeng-born Cassper made news at the start of winter when he announced the investment into what was an existing clothing company, Drip. It soon took just under two months before the larger-than-life musician dropped his first sneakers brand, Root of Fame.

Having previously confirmed how he grew up as a big kwaito fan, Nyovest might never have imagined living to see an icon like Oskido sing his praises.

Oskido said on his Instagram:

"Every dreamer is not a doer, and every doer is not a dreamer. You have the deadly combination of being a dreamer and a doer @casspernyovest. Good luck with your new business."

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