Timeline | The SSE Hydro


February 2016


The SSE Hydro has retained its position globally as one of the top arenas in the world, ranking third in the Pollstar Top 100 global arenas list for 2015. The list is compiled by the leading entertainment industry publication, based on arena attendance for concerts and special events.

Over the course of 2015, The SSE Hydro hosted 70 unique events, 130 performances and welcomed 1,164,287 visitors through the door. Economic impact based on attendance from these events generated over £106m of economic benefit for Scotland.



February 2015


The partnership with Capital Scotland will provide an extra dimension to the Hydro lounge experience whilst affording Central Scotland’s number one commercial radio station the opportunity to engage with the diverse demographic and footfall that our Live Entertainment profile offers.

Capital Logo

January 2015

The SSE Hydro has climbed to 2nd busiest live entertainment arena in the world in the Pollstar “Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues” rankings! A phenomenal achievement for Scotland’s home of live entertainment which was benchmarked against every other major global venue (and only beaten to the top spot by London’s 02 Arena).

2nd busiest live entertainment venue in the world


November 2014

Park’s Motor Group, Scotland’s leading independent motor group is appointed as the venue’s “Official Car Partner“. The new agreement will initially run for three years and will offer SSE Hydro customers the opportunity to get familiar with the broad range of vehicles which Park’s Motor Group retail across Scotland.

Park's Motor Group

July 2014

In just ten months since opening The SSE Hydro has soared into 3rd place in the Pollstar “Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues” rankings.  The list, compiled quarterly by the leading entertainment industry publication Pollstar, is based on arena attendance for live entertainment.

SECC Campus

June 2014

The SSE Hydro is industry recognised with a further three prestigious awards – amounting to six gongs since the venue opened at the end of last year.  The venue received the ‘Chairman’s Award for Architecture at The Scottish Design Awards on 05 June 2014 in Glasgow.  At the same event the venue’s designers, Foster + Partners and Arup picked up two further awards in the ‘Architecture – Lighting’ and ‘Architecture – Leisure/ Culture Building or Project’ categories.

May 2014

Dralion, Cirque du Soleil on 10 May marks the 100th show at The SSE Hydro! Click here to see photos from the first 100 shows.

April 2014

The SSE Hydro is rated as one of the top entertainment arenas in the world, climbing to 4th place in the Pollstar “Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues” rankings.  The list is compiled quarterly by the leading entertainment industry publication and is  based on arena attendance for concerts and special events.

March 2014

International songwriter and performer,  Paolo Nutini joined young people who receive music therapy  from  Nordoff Robbins Scotland outside The SSE Hydro to launch a new partnership between the charity and Scotland’s leading live entertainment arena.  The charity's music therapists help over 400 children, young people and adults every week using the power of music to improve their health and wellbeing.


February 2014

The SSE Hydro wins the Architectural Excellence Award (Public Building) at The Scottish Property Awards 2014.


November 2013

The SSE Hydro is honoured to be awarded the prestigious accolade of "Most Stylish Entertainment Venue" at the 2013 Scottish Style Awards, held at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Gallery.

September 2013

September 30 2013 - The SSE Hydro officially opens with Rod Stewart.

13,000 visitors descend on the venue as we open the doors with Rod Stewart - the first of an amazing four night run.

Rod Stewart

September 2013

RAYMOND WEIL is one of the last remaining Swiss Independent family-owned companies. Founded in 1976 by Mr. Raymond Weil, the Company is situated in Geneva, home of Switzerland’s most prestigious watchmakers and of the industry’s topmost expertise in component and material supply.

August 2013

Sony announced as digital partner for the venue to supply all digital signage/ screens.

August 2013

Thomson announced as holiday partner.

June 2013

At approximately 3:20 pm on 8 June 2013, flames were reported to be coming from the domed roof of the partially completed building. Four appliances and forty fire fighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended the blaze. The fire was caused by welding work taking place in the building's roof space.

May 2013

Rod Stewart announced as opening act for Monday 30 September, 2013.

May 2013

Installation of seats

May 2013

Outer panelling (ETFE cushions) installation

April 2013

Clydesdale Bank are announced as the official banking partner to The SSE Hydro. The Bank, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2013 has signed a three year agreement which will see them work in partnership with the venue to deliver outstanding customer service.

April 2013

Roof covering due for completion

Catering areas handed over to franchise partners for final fit-out.

January 2013

Kettle Foods, makers of KETTLE® Chips, the UK’s leading premium crisp brand, has been appointed as the official supplier of savoury snacks to The SSE Hydro. The exclusive 3 year agreement will see the company providing the venue with a range of delicious hand cooked KETTLE® Chips.

January 2013

VIP areas handed over to partners for final fit-out


November 2012

ScotRail is announced as the official transport partner for The SSE Hydro.

The train operator is keen to encourage more people to take the train to events and in looking at expanding their offering, are exploring opportunities to assist customers get to and from The SSE Hydro.


October 2012

The final roof bolt is placed in The Hydro at the traditional 'Topping Out' ceremony by apprentice civil engineer John McLaughlan. He was joined by Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson, SECC CEO John Sharkey, Lend Lease Executive General Manager Gordon Anderson and SECC Chairman Sir Ian Grant.

Topping Out

July 2012

The SECC announces that The SSE Hydro will be officially open for business September 2013.


June 2012

Roof structure due for completion



November 2011

Building work commences on the roof of The SSE Hydro.

September 2011

SECC confirms partnership with Levy Restaurants as part of a 10 year deal which will include providing catering solutions in The SSE Hydro.

June 2011

Scottish Hydro is unveiled as naming rights partner for Scotland’s new entertainment arena – to be known as “The SSE Hydro”

The leading UK energy provider commits to investing £1.5 million per year over the next 10 years


February 2011

Lend Lease commence building work on new arena.


December 2010

SECC appoints Bovis Lend Lease to build the Scottish National Arena - THE SSE HYDRO.

September 2010

SECC announces its appointment of AEG Facilities to provide operating and revenue generating sources from AEG Facilities’ European and International Operations.

January 2010

SECC celebrates its 25th anniversary having delivered £342 million worth of economic value to Glasgow.



Full planning consent for the Scottish National Arena is granted.


Foster + Partners unveil designs for the new arena to the press.



Foster + Partners are appointed design team leader to create the new venue.  Glasgow based developer Elphinstone are appointed as preferred developer of the site.


The £125million QD2 masterplan is unveiled to include a new 12,000 seater national entertainment arena which will become known as THE SSE HYDRO.


The SECC board approves the proposal to carry out a complete master plan exercise over the next ten years. The project is named QD2 - the second redevelopment of the Queens Dock.