SEC Armadillo

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SEC Armadillo
The 2k Armadillo
Clyde Auditorium, 2008
Former names Clyde Auditorium (2000–2017)
Address Finnieston Street
G3 8YW
Public transit Exhibition Centre railway station
Owner SEC Ltd.
Capacity 3,000
Built 1997–2000
Opened 1 January 2000 (2000-01-01)
Construction cost £30 million
Venue Info

The SEC Armadillo[1] (originally known as the Clyde Auditorium) is an auditorium located in Glasgow, Scotland. It is one of three venues on the Scottish Event Campus, near the River Clyde, adjacent to the SEC Centre.


The auditorium viewed from across the Clyde.
The facade of the venue

Plans for a new building to increase the capacity of the SECC complex were initiated in 1997. Designed by award winning architects Foster and Partners, the 2,000 seat venue was completed in 2000, by which time it had earned its affectionate nickname due to the similarity of its shape to that of the animal of the same name.

Many comparisons have been made with the Sydney Opera House, although this was not the architects' inspiration for the design, which was in fact an interlocking series of ship's hulls, in reference to the Clyde's shipbuilding heritage.

The building has quickly become one of the most recognisable on Clydeside and one of the iconic images of modern Glasgow. Its success has led to the construction of a third venue on the complex, the SSE Hydro.

It is connected by passageways to the SEC Centre, and the Crowne Plaza hotel for easy access and exit for high profile performers. The building has held such varied events as the Scottish auditions of Britain's Got Talent Series 2 to 4, the auditions for Series 1 to 4 of The X Factor and the Hugo Award ceremony during Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention. It is the place where singer Susan Boyle was discovered.

Ian Reilly, the site's engineer, named the Auditorium the Armadillo during the construction phase.[citation needed] The building served as the venue for the weightlifting competitions of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow.


More recently, the auditorium is famous for its family pantomimes.

Year Title Main Cast
2010 Aladdin John Barrowman
The Krankies
2011 Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates John Barrowman
The Krankies
2012 Jack and the Beanstalk John Barrowman
The Krankies
2013 Dick McWhittington John Barrowman
The Krankies
2014 Cinderella John Barrowman
The Krankies
2015 Peter Pan David Hassellhoff
The Krankies
Michelle McManus
2016 Aladdin Marti Pellow
Johnny Mac
2017 Jack and the Beanstalk Greg McHugh
The Dolls

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Coordinates: 55°51′34″N 4°17′17″W / 55.859496°N 4.287962°W / 55.859496; -4.287962