Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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|Location||Melaleuca Drive, Boondall, Queensland 4034|
|Owner||Queensland State Government|
(A$181 million in 2016 dollars)
|Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (1986–1997, 2007, 2016–present)|
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. The centre also houses a sporting complex and small function rooms which are available to hire for wedding reception and business functions.
The centre has 11,000 tiered seats and a maximum concert capacity of 14,500 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). It cost $71 million to construct.
The centre's large audience capacity is mostly used for the staging of concerts and musical theatre shows, including Whitney Houston’s Nothing But Love World Tour, One Direction's Take Me Home Tour, Taylor Swift's Fearless and Speak Now Tours, Shawn Mendes' Illuminate World Tour, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, and The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular. It has also staged ice-skating shows, including Disney On Ice. The Entertainment Centre was also the filming venue for the original Australian series of Gladiators from 1995 to 1997.
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.
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.
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.
On 31 January 1998, Mariah Carey held a concert as part of Butterfly World Tour.
On 4 February 2010, Taylor Swift performed at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre for the first time to 11,334 people. She made an income of $956,505.
On 6 and 7 March 2012, Taylor Swift performed her Speak Now World Tour. She made an income of $2,416,030 with the attendance of 19,870 people.
On 19–21 October 2013, One Direction performed for the first time at this venue during the Take Me Home Tour, with the attendance of 30,831 over the course of 3 nights reeling in a revenue of $2,729,520.
On 16 and 17 March 2016, Madonna performed at the arena as part of her Rebel Heart Tour. The second show gained international attention when the singer accidentally exposed the breast of a 17-year-old woman on stage by pulling down her top; Madonna had jokingly responded "Oh sorry, sexual harassment". The incident caused controversy though several publications, where members of the public took to social media to label the incident as an assault. Despite this, the 17-year-old woman, who was identified as Josephine Georgiou, defended the singer by stating it was "the best time of my life". In spite of having been approached by lawyers offering to represent her, Georgiou also refused to launch legal action against the singer.
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Media related to Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Wikimedia Commons
- Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Official website
- Information about the Brisbane Entertainment Centre[permanent dead link] by the Queensland Government