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.
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 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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- Sydney Morning Herald staff (March 18, 2016). "Madonna exposes fan at second Brisbane show". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
- Mizoguchi, Karen (March 18, 2016). "Madonna Pulls Down Female Fan's Top at Brisbane Concert, Tells Her: 'Oh Sorry, Sexual Harassment'". People.com. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
- Forrester, Katy (March 18, 2016). "Madonna shocks as she pulls down a female fan's TOP to reveal her bare breast on stage". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
- Saad, Nardine (March 18, 2016). "Wardrobe malfunction onstage with Madonna was the 'best moment,' 17-year-old girl says". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
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