Monday, 30 November 2015

SSE Hydro

What is it?

The SSE Hydro is so called because the energy company SSE Scottish Hydro holds naming rights to the venue; the same company holds naming rights to the SSE Arena Wembley (London).




The 12,500 seat purpose built venue is the largest indoor arena in Scotland and the only one of its scale in the UK builtspecifically for concerts and events. 

The SSE Hydro is the latest landmark on Glasgow's skyline.  Modelled on Greek and Roman amphitheatres, the 45m tall building, with its distinctive silver dome, stands higher than the neighbouring Armadillo. Translucent materials used in the façade cause the building to appear to glow at night.


Like the Clyde Auditorium (the SECC Armadillo), The SSE Hydro has been designed from the inside out. Visitors can enjoy outstanding viewing angles from each of the 12,000 seats in the fixed, tiered and demountable seating system and the acoustics are of the highest standard. There are a wide range of food and drink outlets as well as a club seating area and  VIP boxes, each capable of accommodating 12 people. There are also be restaurants, bars and sponsors lounges.

The SSE Hydro is one of the first major developments to be undertaken in the SECC's QD2 master plan which has the potential to create 2,449 jobs.

The 12,000-seat arena is the largest entertainments venue in Scotland and the only one of its scale in the UK built specifically for concerts and events. The Hydro will host 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 arena has the potential to inject an additional £131 million into the local economy. The current economic impact of the SECC is £347million per annum with 1.5 million visitors a year.

Where is it?

The Hydro is part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre complex operated by SEC Limited and located in Finnieston, Glasgow (Scotland) on the Queens Dock site adjacent to the River Clyde.
When was it built?

The building was opened in September 2013.

Whose responsible for its design?

Created by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners, who also designed the SECC's Clyde Auditorium (the Armadillo see below), Scotland's new national arena will hold 12,000 fully seated and is the largest entertainments venue in Scotland. Now known as The SSE Hydro, the SECC national arena is the only one of its scale in the UK built specifically for concerts, conferences and events.



What's nearby?

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)  and SSE Glasgow Hydro  
  • BBC Scotland HQ
  • STV HQ  


  • Other links?

    Events held here have included:

    Fleetwood Mac, the Arctic Monkeys, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, the Eagles, the MTV Europe music awardsCommonwealth Games sports.

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