With the SSE Hydro being one of our most popular destinations requested for direct bus transport, we thought we would share some info and background of the UK’s third busiest arena.
The SSE Hydro is located within the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland. The arena was initially named The Hydro after its main sponsor, a subsidiary to Scottish Energy , Scottish Hydro. The company then re-branded itself and its subsidiary companies as SSE, however the Hydro name was retained despite it no longer being a trading name. The arena was officially opened on 30 September 2013, with a concert by Rod Stewart. With a seated capacity of 12,000, The SSE Hydro augments the SEC’s existing facilities and stages 140+ events annually.
Within 3 years of opening, the SSE Hydro became the eighth-busiest venue worldwide. The arena handled 751,487 ticket sales making it the eighth-busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales. Now it is reportedly the fourth most attended arena in the World and boasts over 1 million in ticket sales. It acts to serve as Scotland’s primary events venue and has staged the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, the Ryder Cup Gala Concert and the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. It was also a venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and has hosted concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Paul McCartney.
Built on the site of the former Queen’s Dock, The SSE Hydro is the only UK venue of its scale built specifically for live entertainment. It is the largest entertainment venue in Scotland.
The SSE Hydro has been designed to be flexible, accommodating a wide range of concerts, conferences and events. The seats and staging can be reconfigured to provide a capacity of 12,000 (all seated) or up to 13,000 (seated and standing in performance bowl).
The unique façade of The SSE Hydro, made up of pneumatic translucent cushions, has been made possible by using a special film originally developed for the space industry. This allows natural light to illuminate the foyers during the day and the arena to ‘glow’ at night.
The SSE Hydro has a 125 metre wide roof, with the diagonally latticed steelwork forming a shallow silver dome standing 45 metres at its highest point.
The distinctive elliptical sloping shape of The SSE Hydro was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman amphitheatres. This shape offers the optimum balance of viewing angle and distance from the stage.
We always recommend emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for free before booking any transport. We can let you know if we can run a coach direct from your town. Otherwise, The SEC is a three-minute train ride from Glasgow Central. If you arrive at Queen Street, you’ll need to walk or get a bus to Central to continue your journey by train. So If you are travelling from Edinburgh or the East of Scotland, you will need to change trains at Glasgow Central.
The SEC has its own dedicated railway station – Exhibition Centre – allowing easy access from the city centre and suburbs. There are six trains an hour (around every 10 minutes) from Glasgow Central station, departing from Platform 17 (low level).
Strathclyde Passenger Transport operates the Glasgow Subway providing quick and convenient connections from 15 points across the city (the St. Enoch stop is a few minutes’ walk from Central Station for onward transfer to the campus).
The Hydro also has a dedicated car park and pickup/drop off area but beware of heavy traffic.
Finally, if you are worried about making the last train or needing a designated driver then please email us. We will find others around you who are attending he same event then group you all together and create your own, direct bus service. (email@example.com)