3Arena (but The Point forever in our hearts)
Northwall Quay, Dublin 1
For a long time, Dublin’s biggest concert venue was The Point. It was a large warehouse with the mystique of a large, red velvet curtain separating us from the toilets and popcorn stands. In 2008, it reopened as The O2 and last year it changed hands and became the 3Arena. For every complaint you can make about poor sound quality, remember, you’re never more than a mere skip and a jump from one of their 14 bars.
What has it got?
Seating: There is an assigned wheelchair area (limited space so be sure to buy a ticket for the wheelchair area if you need it) with fold-up chairs provided for you, your friend or your personal assistant.
Doors: The doors are all very wide and easy to open.Ground: It’s a type of lino which means that it doesn’t become a complete ice rink when drinks spill.
Stairs: Lifts go to every floor and at the end of the concert, all wheelchair users are brought to a larger, industrial lift to skip the queues for the main lifts.
Bathrooms: For every ladies and gents with dozens upon dozens of cubicles, there is one wheelchair bathroom which is very large.
Spaciousness: Plenty of room here.
Helpfulness of Staff: The staff will direct you to your seats and help with the lift.
Parking: There is wheelchair parking available in the Gibson Hotel car park beside The O2. There is on-street wheelchair parking but you would be very lucky to nab them.
Why did it lose points? Even though driving here is a bit of a pain in the ass, once you get in here, it’s very easy to get around. The staff know what they’re doing and if you need a hand at all, they are easy to find. Be sure to book a ticket for the wheelchair area if you need it because the views are very good and you also get a free ticket for your personal assistant/friend.