Scottish Event Campus

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) features the SEC Centre - five interconnected exhibition and meeting spaces, the iconic 3,000 seat SEC Armadillo and our most recent addition, The SSE Hydro – a 13,000 capacity concert, sporting and special events arena.  With its infinite flexibility, the campus has gone from strength to strength and, with planned expansion and development, will continue to position Glasgow on the world stage.  

SEC Armadillo

Designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners, the SEC Armadillo is a Glasgow landmark with a unique style and practical, comfortable facilities for up to 3,000.

SEC Centre

SEC Centre offers five interconnected exhibition and event halls with a combined area of over 22,000sqm.    

SSE Hydro

A truly iconic structure, the 13,000 capacity SSE Hydro is Scotland’s home of live entertainment and is consistently ranked by Pollstar in the top three arenas globally.

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Dec 22, 2017

AN EVENTFUL YEAR FOR THE SEC

Following a successful rebrand earlier this year, the Scottish Event Campus has enjoyed a busy year of events and accolades.

The SEC Armadillo, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, welcomed a host of different live entertainment events – from music and comedy to celebrity interview style events ending with the eighth year of its annual panto offering, Jack & the Beanstalk starring Gary Tank Commander and The Dolls.

The SSE Hydro has ended 2017 on a high too, maintaining its No.1 position on Billboard’s ranking of global arenas in the category which measures venues with a capacity between 10,000 and 15,000.  In June, the arena ranked as the second busiest live entertainment arena in Pollstar’s 2017 Global Arenas. 

The arena hosted 84 events and 134  performances during the year with rockers Metallica beating any previous attendance record set with a total audience of 12,935.  Celine Dion also broke records as she became the highest ever grossing artist to play the venue.   Other highlights for 2017 included the  second live broadcast of UFC, Little Mix, Phil Collins, Ed Sheeran, Neil Diamond and Take That.  Comedy legends Still Game also returned with a run of 15 performances.

In sport, The SSE Hydro enjoyed the return of WWE Raw and Smackdown, as well as the sell-out charity tennis event, SSE presents Andy Murray Live which was a phenomenal success raising over £700,000 for his chosen charities.

Debbie McWilliams Head of Live Entertainment and Ticketing at the Scottish Event Campus said: “It’s been a fantastic year for the Scottish Event Campus.    We had over 1 million visitors through the doors of the Hydro and close to 1.4 million live entertainment visitors across the Campus.

Debbie continued:

“Our ability to put on a diverse range of business is exactly what we set out to do and the SEC is working hard for Scotland in achieving this vision.”  

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