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|Former names||Scottish National Arena (planning)
Scottish Hydro Arena (construction)
|Opened||30 September 2013|
|Construction cost||£125 million|
|Architect||Foster + Partners|
|Project manager||Turner & Townsend|
|Structural engineer||Arup Group Limited|
The SSE Hydro is an arena located in Glasgow, Scotland, on the site of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). The arena has a seating capacity of 12,000 or 13,000 in a standing performance. The arena officially opened on September 30, 2013, with a concert by Rod Stewart. It was designed by the London-based architects Foster + Partners. The managers of the SSE Hydro intend to host international musical stars, global entertainment and sports events, and aim to attract one million visitors each year which would make it the fifth-busiest entertainment venue after Madison Square Garden, The O2 Arena and others.
On November 9, 2013, the SSE Hydro was chosen to host the 20th annual MTV European Music Awards in 2014. This will be the fifth time the United Kingdom has hosted and the second time Scotland has hosted the popular cultural event, after Edinburgh in 2003.
SEC Ltd. identified the need for a new arena: a level area surrounded by seats, in which sports and other public events could be held. Previously, such events were held in Glasgow Hall 4, in the SECC main building, however that venue's audience capacity is limited, seating just over 10,000. It was unable to accommodate the high attendance typically associated with large-scale performance events, such as rock concerts and children’s shows. The new Hydro arena (designed by Foster + Partners and Arup Scotland) is co-located with the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and the Clyde Auditorium.
The venue is planned to be used for the Netball and Gymnastic events during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Opening delay and fire
The venue was originally scheduled to open on September 15, 2013, with a concert by Andrea Bocelli. This was rescheduled for November due to construction issues at the site. Further productions were cancelled, resulting in plans for the venue to open with a concert by Rod Stewart on September 30.
At approximately 3:20 pm on June 8, 2013, flames were reported to be coming from the domed roof of the partially completed building. Forty fire fighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended the blaze. It was determined that the fire was caused by ongoing welding work on the building's roof. On June 18, the venue's operator revealed that despite additional challenges, work on the venue was still on track.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Hydro.|
- Glasgow 2014 Venue page
- Arena Page at Foster + Partners website
- The Hydro Arena page at Clyde Waterfront website