Designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners, The SSE Hydro has a seated capacity of 12,000, rising to 13,000 with a seated and standing configuration. The first purpose built concert venue of its scale, it will play host to around 140 events each year, including national and international artists and bands as well as being a venue for major comedy stars and sporting events.
The SSE Hydro has transformed the 64-acre site at the SECC into a complete exhibition, conference and entertainments complex of significant national scale. Standing at 45m high and modelled on Greek and Roman amphitheatres, it has become the newest landmark on Glasgow's skyline. Designed from the inside out, visitors will enjoy excellent sightlines from the fixed, tiered and demountable seating system and the acoustics are of the highest standard.
There are a range of food and drink outlets and hospitality options including a club seating area and VIP boxes. By night, visitors to the venue will be greeted by its distinctive, translucent skin (ETFE) which can glow 12.8 million different colours or have images projected directly on to the surface.
The venue will play an integral role in The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as the home for both gymnastics and the netball finals, and has the potential to inject an additional £131 million per annum into the local economy.
Sir Ian Grant, Chairman, SEC Ltd added: “This is a magnificent addition to the SECC Campus. The importance of The SSE Hydro and its global significance shouldn’t be underestimated with an expected audience of over 1million visitors annually.
“In addition to expanding our capacity and being able to attract the world’s biggest stars and global sporting events we have also created more availability in the existing SECC halls which in turn will generate more exhibition and conference bookings and economic impact for the local economy”.