Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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|Location||Melaleuca Drive, Boondall, Queensland 4034|
|Owner||Queensland State Government|
|Construction cost||$71 million|
|Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (1986–1997)|
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's large audience capacity is mostly used for the staging of concerts and musical theatre shows, including Pink's The Truth About Love 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 QR Citytrain 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.
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. On November 19 later that year, Eric Clapton played a sold-out concert at the venue during his Journeyman World Tour in front of 14,500 people.
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.
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Media related to Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Wikimedia Commons
- Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Official website
- Information about the Brisbane Entertainment Centre by the Queensland Government
- Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Austadiums