A world class venue for Glasgow

26 Sep 2013

The SSE Hydro has been revealed to the media ahead of the opening concert with Rod Stewart on Monday evening.

Designed by world-renowed architects Foster and Partners, The SSE Hydro has a seated capacity of 12,000. The first purpose build concert venue of its scale, it will play host to around 140 events each year including national and international artists and bands. It will also host major comedy stars and sporting events.

The SSE Hydro has transformed the 64-acre site at SECC into a complete exhibition, conference and entertainments complex. Designed from the inside out, visitors will enjoy exceptional sight lines from the fixed, tiered and demountable seating system, with the highest standard of accoustics.

John Sharkey, Chief Executive Officer, SEC Ltd, said, "Building our new arena has been a very complex project and hugely challenging. However, we are delighted to be entering the final stage of this journey today. Our calendar for 2013 through to 2014 is filling up fast and will provide fans with the eclectic mix of world class events that The SSE Hydro was built to accommodate.

"The project team, funding partners, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise, and sponsoring partners including SSE can be proud to have played a part in delivering a unique and iconic entertainment space for Scotland which will be the envy of Europe, if not the world."

The SSE Hydro is one of the First major development to be completed in the SECC QD2 master plan and has the ptential to inject an additional £130 million per annum in to the local economy. (The current economic impact of the SECC is £347 millions per annum with 1.5 million visitors a year). The venue will also play an integral role in The Glsgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as the home for both gymnastics and the netball finals.

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