|The 2k Armadillo|
|Former names||Clyde Auditorium (2000–2017)|
|Public transit||Exhibition Centre railway station|
|Opened||1 January 2000|
|Construction cost||£30 million|
The SEC Armadillo (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.
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. 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.
|2011||Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates||John Barrowman
|2012||Jack and the Beanstalk||John Barrowman
|2013||Dick McWhittington||John Barrowman
|2015||Peter Pan||David Hassellhoff
|2017||Jack and the Beanstalk||Greg McHugh
- "All change as SECC is renamed the Scottish Event Campus". Evening Times. Newsquest Media Group Ltd. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- SECC web site
- Photographs of the (Armadillo) Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow
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