Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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|Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|Location||Melaleuca Drive, Boondall, Queensland 4034|
|Owner||Queensland State Government|
|Construction cost||$71 million|
|Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (1986–1997)|
The arena has an array of seating plans which facilitate the comfort of its users, subject to performance. Specific seating plans are usually allocated, depending on the performance and the size of its audience. The general seating arrangements are end stage mode, "in the round" and intimate mode, which only uses half of the arena. The centre also houses a sporting complex and small function rooms which are available to hire for wedding reception and business functions.
The centre's large audience capacity is mostly used for the staging of concerts and musical theatre shows, including Pink's The Truth About Love Tour, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, and The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular. It has also staged ice-skating shows, including Disney on Ice. The Entertainment Centre was also the filming venue for the original Australian series of Gladiators from 1995 to 1997.
Located in Boondall, just off the Gateway Motorway, patrons can catch a QR Citytrain to Boondall railway station, on the Shorncliffe railway line, or travel by taxi. There are 4,000 car parking spaces. Buses do not run to the centre even on event nights.
From 1986–1997 the BEC was home to former NBL team the Brisbane Bullets. For game 1 of the 1986 NBL Grand Final series between the Bullets and Adelaide 36ers, a then Australian indoor attendance record was set when over 11,000 fans saw the 36ers win in overtime (Adelaide won the 3 game series 2-1 after the final 2 games in Adelaide were split).
The Bullets won the 1987 NBL championship against the Perth Wildcats, but didn't get to celebrate in the centre as they swept the Wildcats 2-0 with the final game played at the Perth Superdome. The largest basketball crowd was 13,221 for game two of the 1990 NBL Grand Final series, also between the Bullets and the Perth Wildcats (the win kept the Bullets in the series which was tied at 1-1). Until Game 2 of the 2012-13 Grand Final series between the Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers drew 13,527 to the Perth Arena, the attendance stood as the largest ever NBL Grand Final crowd away from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
Due to a conflicting schedule at the Bullets then home at the Brisbane Convention Centre, the Entertainment Centre was used as the home venue for the Bullets 2007 Grand Final series against the Melbourne Tigers. Brisbane won Game 1 of the series 98–95 and won their last ever game at the arena 113–103 in Game 3. In all, the BEC saw six NBL Grand Final games played between 1986 and 2007 with the Bullets winning three of the six games.
Some of the greatest players in the history of the NBL played at the Entertainment Centre during its time as an NBL venue, including Andrew Gaze, Phil Smyth, Larry Sengstock, Mark Davis, Mark Bradtke, James Crawford, and arguably the greatest Bullet of them all and the player often regarded as the best import to ever play in the league, Leapin' Leroy Loggins.
In 2009, a record breaking 11 concerts were performed by American popstar Pink, on her worldwide Funhouse Tour; the largest tour in Australian history. One of the female toilets at Brisbane Entertainment Centre were painted Pink as a result of the record-breaking tour. In 2013, on her Truth About Love Tour, Pink performed 8 sold-out shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. The Truth About Love Tour was the biggest concert to be held at the complex in 2013. During the concluding song, the pop-star performed, a whole arena acrobatic, the first of its type to be undertaken at the complex.
In 1986 on the World Wrestling Federation's Australian tour, women's professional wrestler Velvet McIntyre defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women's Championship. It was the first time in its 30 year history that the title had changed hands in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 1987, the Brisbane Bullets won their second NBL championship and their first at the Entertainment Centre with a 2-0 series win over the Perth Wildcats (the Bullets previous championship win in 1985 was at the Sleeman Sports Centre).
In 1990, Game 2 of the NBL Grand Final series between the Bullets and Wildcats drew a record crowd of 13,221 to the Entertainment Centre. As of the 2012-13 NBL season this remains the largest NBL Grand Final attendance outside of Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena. Game 3 of the series also attracted over 13,000 fans to the centre.
American rock band Pearl Jam have performed numerous times at the venue over the years: 21-22 March 1995 during the Vitalogy Tour; 14-15 March 1998 during the Yield Tour; 8-9 February 2003 during the Riot Act Tour and 10-11 November 2006 during the Pearl Jam 2006 World Tour.
In 2007, the Brisbane Bullets won their third and last NBL championship when they defeated the Melbourne Tigers 3-1 in their best of five game series. The Entertainment Centre was used due to a date clash with the Bullets then home, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Many other notable artists have performed at the venue, including Cher, Bruce Springsteen, Linkin Park, Roger Waters, Mariah Carey, Metallica, Incubus, Guns N' Roses, David Bowie, Green Day, AC/DC, Muse, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Elton John, Lady Gaga, The Eagles, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, The Black Eyed Peas, Kylie Minogue, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift The Script, Meat Loaf, Pitbull (entertainer), Taio Cruz, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and many more. It has also hosted World Wrestling Entertainment house shows.
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- Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Official website
- Information about the Brisbane Entertainment Centre by the Queensland Government
- Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Austadiums