Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Coordinates: 27°20′32″S 153°4′16″E / 27.34222°S 153.07111°E / -27.34222; 153.07111
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Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Panoramic view of arena (c.2012)
Address1 Melaleuca Drive
Brisbane QLD 4034
Coordinates27°20′32″S 153°4′16″E / 27.34222°S 153.07111°E / -27.34222; 153.07111
OwnerStadiums Queensland
OperatorASM Global
Broke ground1985
Opened20 February 1986 (1986-02-20)
Construction costA$71 million
(A$205 million in 2018 dollars[1])
Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (1986–97, 2007, 2016–19)
Queensland Firebirds (ANZ/NNL) (2008–18)
Official website

The Brisbane Entertainment Centre is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the Brisbane suburb of Boondall, Queensland, Australia. The centre is managed by ASM Global. The centre also houses a sporting complex and small function rooms which are available to hire for wedding reception and business functions.

The centre's large audience capacity is mostly used for the staging of concerts and musical theatre shows. It has also staged ice-skating shows, including Disney On Ice. The Entertainment Centre was also the filming venue for all three series of the original Australian series of Gladiators in 1995.

Location and access[edit]

Located in Boondall, just off the Gateway Motorway, patrons can catch a Queensland Rail City network service 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.[citation needed]

Venue layout[edit]

The Centre's arena (February 2007)

The centre has 11,000 tiered seats and a maximum concert capacity of 13,601 making it the largest indoor live entertainment arena in Brisbane and the second largest permanent indoor arena in Australia behind only the 21,000 capacity Sydney Super Dome (it is smaller than the 14,820 seat Rod Laver Arena and the 14,856 seat Perth Arena, though both of those venues have a retractable roof).[4] It cost $71 million to construct.[5]

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.


Brisbane Bullets[edit]

From 1986 to 1997, the BEC was home to former National Basketball League Australia(NBL) team the Brisbane Bullets.

The Bullets won the 1987 NBL championship against the Perth Wildcats, and secured their second NBL championship at this venue as they completed a two-game sweep of the Wildcats 2-0 after winning the first game which was played at the Perth Superdome.[6]

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]

The Brisbane Bullets returned to the NBL in 2016–17 and will again play some games at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.[7]

Queensland Firebirds[edit]

The venue was the main home court for netball side the Queensland Firebirds, who won premierships in the ANZ Championship at the venue in 2015 and 2016. In 2019, the club moved all of their home matches to the newly constructed venue dedicated to netball, Brisbane Arena.


The facility co-hosted the FIBA Oceania Championship in 2007 and 2011. Both times, the Australian national basketball team won the gold medal.

Notable events[edit]

The opening event for the centre was on 20 February 1986, featuring world champion British ice skaters Torvill and Dean. Ticket prices were adults $22.90 and juniors $15.90[8]

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.[9]

Lady Gaga performed for more than 31,000 fans over a series of three sold-out shows in June 2012 as part of the Oceanic leg of her Born This Way Ball Tour (2012-2013).[10] She had previously performed at the venue in March 2010 as part of The Monster Ball Tour (2009-2011)[11] and later performed at the venue again in August 2014 as part of artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour (2014).[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Inflation Calculator". RBA. 30 October 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  2. ^ David James Robins (21 October 2013). "Brisbane Entertainment Centre". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Seating Configurations and Capacities". Brisbane Entertainment Centre Official Website. June 2004. Archived from the original on 9 June 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ Marissa Calligeros (17 October 2012). "Entertainment Centre in world's top 20". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. ^ Wanna, John; Robyn Davies (1995). "Local Resource Allocation in the City: Structural-Institutional Power". In Caulfield, Janice; Wanner, John (eds.). Power and Politics in the City: Brisbane in transition. Macmillan Education AU. p. 86. ISBN 0732929997. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  6. ^ National Basketball League: 1987 Archived 26 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ Brisbane Bullets vs Adelaide 36ers highlights - 2016
  8. ^ "History - Venue Information". Archived from the original on 16 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2013., Retrieved on 9 July 2013
  9. ^ Campbell, Lisa D. (1993). Michael Jackson: The King of Pop (1 ed.). Branden Books. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-8283-1957-7.
  10. ^ Jabour, Bridie. "Review: Lady Gaga at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre". Retrieved 17 April 2024.
  11. ^ "Lady Gaga Hits Brisbane". Retrieved 17 April 2024.
  12. ^ Cooper, Nathaniel. "Lady Gaga plays Brisbane Entertainment Centre". Retrieved 17 April 2024.

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