Glasgow’s SSE Hydro opens to the media

The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland was revealed to the world’s media today (Thursday, 26 September 2013). SEC Ltd Chief Executive Officer, John Sharkey, a host of stakeholders and rising local talent, Admiral Fallow, gathered at the new arena ahead of Rod Stewart’s opening concert on Monday 30 September 2013.

Designed by architects Foster +Partners, The SSE Hydro has a seated capacity of 12,000, rising to 13,000 with a seated and standing configuration. The first purpose-built concert venue of its scale, it will play host to around 140 events each year, including national and international artists and bands as well as being a venue for major comedy stars and sporting events.

The SSE Hydro has transformed the 64-acre site at the SECC into a complete exhibition, conference and entertainments complex of significant national scale.  Standing at 45m high and modelled on Greek and Roman amphitheatres, it has become the newest landmark on Glasgow’s skyline.

The SSE Hydro is one of the first major developments to be completed in the SECC QD2 master plan and has the potential to inject an additional £131m per annum into the local economy. (The current economic impact of the SECC is £347m per annum with 1.5m visitors a year.) The venue will also play an integral role in The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as the home for both gymnastics and the netball finals.

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