The Brisbane Entertainment Centre was built by the Brisbane City Council as a world class multipurpose facility which formed part of Brisbane's bid for the 1992 Olympic Games. The Centre has been operated since its inception by AEG Ogden (Brisbane) Pty Ltd.Ownership was transferred to Stadiums Queensland (formally Major Sports Facilities Authority) from 1 July 2002.
Primarily recognised as a venue to host concerts, family shows and sporting events, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre also specialises in staging corporate events in particular conferences, seminars, product launches and gala banquets. The Brisbane Entertainment Centre has hosted a diverse range of events including Monster Trucks, Supercross, Circuses, Bull Riding, Concerts, Conventions, School Speech Nights, Ice Spectaculars, Wrestling and Boxing to name a few.
- 2010 - Venues Today confirmed that the Brisbane Entertainment Centre has been ranked number 1 in the world for venues with a capacity between 10,000 and 15,000, for the most recent six month period (16 October 2010 to 15 May 2011). Billboard Magazine has also confirmed the BEC is number 1 in its rankings for venues in the same capacity category for the corresponding period.
- 2012 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre was ranked the No. 1 venue in the world in the 10,001-15,000 capacity category in Venues Today’s Top 10 worldwide venue “Top Stops” for 2012 ahead of O2 World Hamburg, Vector Arena Auckland and the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
- 2015 - Nominee for "Best Energy Efficient Project" at the 2015 AEG Summit.
FILM & TV
The Brisbane Entertainment Centre was the home to the original "Gladiators" television series and has featured in many concert artist recordings.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on Thursday 20th February 1986. Ticket prices were: Adults - $22.90 & Juniors - $15.90.
SCULPTURES, STATUES & ARTIST RECOGNITION
- The "pink" art sculpture located at Gate A was purchased by the Brisbane City Council after Expo '88. The sculpture is entitled "Showdown" and the creative artist was Beecroft.
- Leroy Loggins, an Australian Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, was immortalized in a true to life (196cm tall) bronze statue. This was a tribute from the people of Brisbane to honour a basketball legend.
- P!NK is the highest selling solo artist in the Centre's history. In 2009 the P!NK Ladies Door 6 Female toilets were officially opened by P!NK to commemorate this outstanding achievement.
THE MAIN ARENA
Designed into the Main Arena seats is 1788 - 1988 which represents the Bi-Centenary year.