Brisbane Entertainment Centre

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Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Boondall
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Location Melaleuca Drive, Boondall, Queensland 4034
Coordinates 27°20′32″S 153°4′16″E / 27.34222°S 153.07111°E / -27.34222; 153.07111Coordinates: 27°20′32″S 153°4′16″E / 27.34222°S 153.07111°E / -27.34222; 153.07111
Owner Queensland State Government
Operator AEG Ogden
Capacity 14,500
Surface Customisable
Construction
Opened 1986
Construction cost $71 million
Tenants
Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (1986–1997)
Brisbane AFL (AFL) (2017-)

The Brisbane Entertainment Centre (BEC) is located in Boondall, a Brisbane City suburb, in Queensland, Australia. It is managed by AEG Ogden.

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 has 11,000 tiered seats and a maximum concert capacity of 14,500 making it the largest indoor live entertainment arena in Brisbane.[1] It cost $71 million to construct.[2]

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.

Location[edit]

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.

Brisbane Bullets[edit]

From 1986–1997 the BEC was home to former NBL team the Brisbane Bullets.

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.[3]

Notable events[edit]

The opening event for the centre was on Thursday 20 February 1986, featuring World Champion, British ice skaters, Torvill and Dean. Ticket Prices were Adults $22.90 and Juniors $15.90[4]

The grounds of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre
The grounds of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre

In 1987, Michael Jackson performed during his Bad tour for two sold out shows on 27 and 28 November. On the 28th, Stevie Wonder appeared on stage and sang with Jackson.[5]

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 the Brisbane Bullets hosted games 2 and 3 of the National Basketball League Grand Final series against the Perth Wildcats, setting a new NBL attendance record for the time in Australia of 13,221 for game 2.

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.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Marissa Calligeros (17 October 2012). "Entertainment Centre in world's top 20". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Wanna, John; Robyn Davies (1995). "Local Resource Allocation in the City: Structural-Institutional Power". In Caulfield, Janice; Wanner, John. Power and Politics in the City: Brisbane in transition. Macmillan Education AU. p. 86. ISBN 0732929997. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  3. ^ National Basketball League: 1987. Retrieved on 22 March 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.brisent.com.au/Venue_Information/History.aspx, Retrieved on 9 July 2013
  5. ^ Campbell, Lisa D. (1993). Michael Jackson: The King of Pop (1 ed.). Branden Books. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-8283-1957-7. 

External links[edit]

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