It’s revellers’ day out at Ziggo Dome!


Ziggo Dome hosts event with 1,300 capacity Image: Ferdy Damman ANP

Party animals were all putting their hair down and everybody was going wild with ecstasy – dancing, downing few pegs and cheering – at Ziggo Dome recently at the first legal dance event in the Netherlands in almost a year. The young brigade just wanted to have the fun of their lives as the COVID-19 blight had kept them inside their houses for almost a year.

‘Dutch News’ reported that the Government of Netherlands was carrying out pilots to determine how events can be organized safety amid the COVID-19 scourge.

The 17,000-capacity Ziggo Dome is an indoor arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is named after the Dutch cable TV provider Ziggo.

‘Coliseum’ did a tour of Ziggo Dome during the 2016 Coliseum Summit EUROPE held in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

In total, 1,300 people won tickets for the electrifying event which featured Dutch DJ Sam Feldt, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano (Dutch DJ duo).

The Ziggo Dome can accommodate up to 17,000 people but 100,000 music buffs had applied for tickets. With coronavirus bringing devastation to the world in 2020, almost a year back events for over 100 people were banned as the dreaded disease also spread its tentacles in Netherlands.

Exulted one reveller, “It is so fantastic to be here with everyone. It all felt a little awkward at the beginning, but then everyone went wild.”

‘Dutch News’ quoted organizers Mojo en ID&T as describing the event as “historic”.

“Hopefully, this is the key to allow more things to open,” ID&T’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) Rosanne Janmaat stated.

Averred Mojo’s Chief Executive Ruben Brouwer, “We’ve shown that we can organize an event very safely. We’re learning a lot from this event, but it is even more important that we can continue.”

Bubbles ticket holders were divided into five groups, or bubbles of 250 people, each with its own set of rules and all equipped with sensors to monitor how much they were in contact with others. For few, wearing face covers was made mandatory, while others were encouraged to shout their hearts out. The experiment also involved monitoring how much saliva people spat out as they sang, using colored liquids. Everyone had to hand over a coronavirus negative test result ahead of the event. The organizers also conducted spot-check at the ingress point of the venue.

Fieldlab has already done pilot events before involving a conference, a football match and a theater show. Although a handful of attendees have tested positive for COVID-19 since, there is no evidence so far that they contracted the virus while attending the events.

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