The roof and stage were designed to create an 'in the round' stage that surrounded the Queen Victoria Memorial (QVM), while maintaining reasonably unobstructed views from The Mall to Buckingham Palace. The roof design saluted the nautical theme of the memorial. The roof covered an area of 1300m². The longest roof beams were 20m with a cantilever of 12m. The concert was paid for by the BBC. Tickets were free and allocated by national ballot - over 1.2 million people applied for tickets.