The SSE Hydro

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The SSE Hydro
The Hydro
SSE Hydro logo.png
SSE Hydro in Glasgow.jpg
Former names Scottish National Arena (planning)
Scottish Hydro Arena (construction)
Location Exhibition Way
Finnieston, Glasgow
G3 8YW
Coordinates 55°51′37″N 4°17′06″W / 55.860297°N 4.284926°W / 55.860297; -4.284926Coordinates: 55°51′37″N 4°17′06″W / 55.860297°N 4.284926°W / 55.860297; -4.284926
Owner SEC Ltd
Operator SEC Ltd
Executive suites 11
Capacity 13,000
Field size 125 m wide, 41 m high
Opened 30 September 2013 (2013-09-30)
Construction cost £125 million
Architect Foster and Partners
Project manager Turner & Townsend
Structural engineer Arup Group Limited
Services engineer Arup Group Limited
General contractor Lend Lease
The Hydro under construction
Translucent cushions being installed, July 2013.

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 capacity of 13,000. The arena officially opened on 30 September 2013, with a concert by Rod Stewart. It was designed by the London-based architects Foster + Partners. The SSE Hydro hosts international musical stars, global entertainment and sporting events, with an aim to attract one million visitors each year.

On 9 November 2013, the SSE Hydro was chosen to host the 21st annual MTV Europe Music Awards for November 2014.[1] It was going to be the fifth time the United Kingdom has hosted (and the second time Scotland has hosted) the popular cultural event, after Edinburgh in 2003.[2]


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.[citation needed] However, the venue's audience capacity is limited, seating just over 10,000. Therefore, it is 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 located with the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and the Clyde Auditorium. [3]

Fire during construction[edit]

At approximately 3:20 pm on 8 June 2013,[4] flames were reported to be coming from the domed roof of the partially completed building.[5] Forty fire fighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended the blaze.[6] It was determined that the fire was caused by ongoing welding work on the building's roof.[7][8] On 18 June, the venue's operator revealed that despite additional challenges, work on the venue was still on track.[9]



  1. ^ a b "Glasgow to Host the 2014 MTV EMA - MTV EMA 2013". 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Glasgow to host 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards". BBC News. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Timeline - The SSE Hydro". June 2014. Retrieved July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fire hits city's £125m Hydro venue". Paisley Daily Express. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Glasgow Hydro fire: Crews tackle blaze in domed roof". BBC News. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Firefighters tackle blaze at Hydro concert venue on the River Clyde". STV. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Welder's torch blamed for starting huge fire at Glasgow's new £125m Hydro arena". Daily Record. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Glasgow Hydro fire: Blaze caused by welding sparks". BBC News. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Glasgow Hydro venue construction ‘remains on target’ despite fire". The Courier. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Taylor, Marianne; Fraser, Graham; Sayers, Louise; Currie, Martin (11 September 2014). "Referendum Live - as it happened". BBC News (Scotland), n.d. (BBC). Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Scottish independence: Plans announced for Scotland's 'biggest ever debate'". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sports Personality 2014: Shortlisted named for award". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
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