Sydney Entertainment Centre
|Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|Opened||1 May 1983|
|Owner||Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority|
|Operator||DHCE Pty Limited (Accor (60 %) and Compass Group (40%))|
|Sydney Kings (NBL) (1990–2008, 2010–)
Sydney Flames (WNBL)
The Sydney Entertainment Centre (SEC) is a multi-purpose venue, located in Haymarket, Sydney, Australia. It opened in May 1983, to replace Sydney Stadium, which had been demolished to make way for a new railway. The centre is currently owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which administers the neighbouring Darling Harbour area, and managed under a lease. It is one of Sydney's larger concert venues, licenced to accommodate over 13,000 people as a conventional theatre or 8,000 as a theatre-in-the-round. The centre's only regular tenant is the Sydney Kings who play in the National Basketball League. The SEC, known as the "Kingdome" during Kings home games has a capacity of 10,517 for basketball.
It is averaging an attendance of 1 million people each year and hosts concerts, family shows, sporting events and corporate events.
Elton John has played numerous concerts there over the years, including eight dates in 1986 with an orchestra. The latter shows were some of the last he performed prior to throat surgery. Having played over 40 shows at the Entertainment Centre.
In 1986, Dire Straits finished their 1985-1986 world tour by playing 21 consecutive shows at the venue.
Genesis played 9 dates at the 1986 leg of the Invisible Touch Tour (25–27 November and 15–20 December). Some of the songs were performed with an Australian string section. Archives 2 – disc 2 holds a version of "Your Own Special Way" recorded at SEC.
American rock band Pearl Jam played two nights in 1995 (10-11 March) during the Vitalogy Tour, three nights (9, 11, 12 March 1998) during the Yield Tour and another three nights (11, 13, 14 February 2003) at the venue during the Riot Act Tour.
Two of the Beatles have performed at the venue, Paul McCartney for three sellout shows in March 1993, and George Harrison made a surprise appearance at a Deep Purple concert in 1984.
The cream of Australian music, almost every major music act of the time, including INXS, Angels, Divinyls, Dragon, The Saints, Men At Work, and many others, performed at the Oz for Africa concert on Friday 11 July 1985, broadcast live across Australia, and segments were broadcast to the world as part of Bob Geldof's "Live Aid".
Cher performed three shows during her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour on March 3, 4 and 7, 2005.
Pop rock superstar P!nk performed (a then record-breaking) seven shows there during her 2007 I'm Not Dead Tour. In 2009, with her Funhouse Tour, in support of the number one album, she played a record 12 shows. She recorded her current live DVD at the SEC. P!nk has also announced she will play 8 shows at the SEC in the summer of 2013 on her The Truth About Love Tour
It is used annually for The Schools Spectactular, which features over 3,000 young performers from across NSW as well as the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.
It is the place where the IBO Cruiser-weight title boxing match between Antonio Tarver and Danny Green took place on 20 July 2011.
It also hosted the Sydney auditions in the third and fourth series of The X Factor Australia. The second series Sydney auditions took place in June 2 and 3 in 2011 and the third series Sydney auditions took place between May 17 to 19 in 2012.
In June 2013, the venue was host to four sold out performances of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
In December 2013, the Centre was host to great concert of american rock band Bon Jovi. It was their first show in Sydney Entertainment Centre after many and many stadium concerts across Australia.
As a sporting venue, the SEC is best known as the home arena for the Sydney Kings basketball team, but other sports such as boxing, tennis and indoor motor-cross have also been held there. The venue hosted the 1991 World Netball Championships
Closure and Planned Demolition
In line with a $1 billion make over of the Darling Harbour precinct by the NSW government, the Sydney Entertainment Centre is going to be demolished during the period of 2013 to 2016.  The replacement facilities will be a larger "Red Carpet" convention centre with a seating capacity of 8,000, and a convention room that is to be expected to be the largest in the world.