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The SSE Hydro

The SSE Hydro

The SSE Hydro plays host to national and international music mega stars as well as global entertainment and sporting events.

With a seated capacity of 12,000, The SSE Hydro augments the SECC’s existing facilities and stages around 140 events every year.  Attracting an audience of over 1 million visitors each year, the venue is consistently ranked by Pollstar in the top three arenas globally, alongside iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and The O2 arena. 

Since opening in September 2013, The SSE Hydro has staged the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony and the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.  The SECC campus as a whole and was also a key venue for The 2014 Commonwealth Games


Quick Facts

Built on the site of the former Queen’s Dock, The SSE Hydro is the only UK venue of its scale built specifically for concerts. It will be the largest entertainment venue in Scotland.

The SSE Hydro has been designed to be flexible, accommodating a wide range of concerts, conferences and events. The seats and staging can be reconfigured to provide a capacity of 12,000 (everyone seated) or up to 13,000 (standing in performance bowl).

The unique façade of The SSE Hydro, made up of pneumatic translucent cushions, has been made possible by using a special film originally developed for the space industry. This allows natural light to illuminate the foyers during the day and the arena to ‘glow’ at night.

The SSE Hydro has a 125 metre wide roof, with the diagonally latticed steelwork forming a shallow silver dome standing 45m at its highest.

The distinctive elliptical sloping shape of The SSE Hydro was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman amphitheatres. This shape offers the optimum balance of viewing angle and distance from the stage.

CSR & the environment

The SSE Hydro is aware of the potential impact that everything we do can have on the environment. We are committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable way wherever possible.

SEC Ltd and The SSE Hydro recognise their responsibilities in promoting best practice among staff, clients, contractors and suppliers. We shall therefore collaborate with business partners as well as government agencies and industry affiliations to develop and adopt more environmentally friendly policies.


The Architects

London-based Foster + Partners are the architects behind The SSE Hydro.

With an international reputation, Foster and Partners are responsible for breathtaking buildings such as Hong Kong’s Chep Lap Kok Airport, and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, as well as the Bilbao Metro and the SECC’s own iconic Clyde Auditorium or “Armadillo”.

Go to Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is delighted to be working with SECC again, following the successful collaboration on the Clyde Auditorium. The SSE Hydro will be an exciting new landmark for a great city and a world-class performance venue for Scotland. Its design strengthens connections to the River Clyde and will be central to the Queen's Dock redevelopment - its series of new public spaces will bring the riverfront to life and open it up for all to enjoy.