The SSE Hydro
|Former names||Scottish National Arena (planning)
Scottish Hydro Arena (construction)
|Field size||125 m wide, 41 m high|
|Opened||30 September 2013|
|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 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 20th annual MTV Europe Music Awards for November 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, 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. 
Fire during construction
At approximately 3:20 pm on 8 June 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 18 June, the venue's operator revealed that despite additional challenges, work on the venue was still on track.
- The SSE Hydro is set to host the 21st annual MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2014.
- The venue hosted the netball and gymnastic events during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- The SSE also hosted the largest televised debate seen in Scotland's history, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate, held on 11 September 2014 towards the end of the Scottish independence referendum, 2014 campaign. The Mentorn/BBC Scotland organised debate, in which every secondary school in Scotland was invited to take part, involved around 7,500 first time voters and was broadcast on BBC One during the evening of 11 September 2014. It was presented by James Cook.
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- "Firefighters tackle blaze at Hydro concert venue on the River Clyde". news.stv.tv. STV. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Welder's torch blamed for starting huge fire at Glasgow's new £125m Hydro arena". dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Glasgow Hydro fire: Blaze caused by welding sparks". bbc.co.uk. BBC News. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Glasgow Hydro venue construction ‘remains on target’ despite fire". thecourier.co.uk. The Courier. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- 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.
- "Scottish independence: Plans announced for Scotland's 'biggest ever debate'". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Hydro.|
- Official website
- Glasgow 2014 Venue page
- Arena Page at Foster + Partners website
- The Hydro Arena page at Clyde Waterfront website