A brand new venue for Scotland – The SSE Hydro Arena is open for business

Today marks the end of a 12-year dream for many in Scotland as Rod Stewart is set to perform the first ever concert at Scotland’s newest arena – The SSE Hydro Arena.

Constructed on a 64-acre site near the SECC Arena, plans were initially conceived to give Glasgow a brand new £125 million purpose-built 13,000 capacity venue back in 2001.

Made to look like a spaceship from the outside, the unique façade is actually made up of pneumatic translucent cushions, which uses a special film originally developed for the space industry. With a 125 metre wide roof, and standing 147 feet tall, The SSE Hydro Arena shines like a beacon in the centre of Glasgow as the new pride of Scotland.

Some of the acts set to grace Scotland’s newest stage over the next few months include Fleetwood Mac, Arctic Monkeys, Jessie J, Chase & Status, Stereophonics, Bruno Mars and Scottish favourites Deacon Blue, Simple Minds, Wet Wet Wet and The Proclaimers.

Over its 28 years the SECC in Glasgow brought in over £350 million to the local community, and it’s hoped the new venue will bring an estimated £130 million a year to the Glasgow economy.

Many congratulations to everyone who has worked on the The SSE Hydro Arena!

Tickets for all events at The SSE Hydro Arena are on sale now and can be bought here.