History

The Brisbane Entertainment Centre is Queensland's premier entertainment, sporting and meeting facility. It was purpose built to accommodate the most complex events, from an intimate setting of 500 people up to a maximum of 14,500.

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. Ownership was transferred to Stadiums Queensland (formally Major Sports Facilities Authority) from 1 July 2002. The Centre has been operated since its inception by AEG Ogden (Brisbane) Pty Ltd.

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.

Conveniently located in Brisbane's northern suburbs, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre is situated just 16 kms from the Brisbane CBD and 8 kms from Brisbane Domestic and International airports.

A unique multi-use venue, the Centre is well known for its flexibility, and facilities include:

  • The Main Arena, with tiered seating providing seating capacities for an intimate setting of 500 people up to maximum of 14,500. 
  • The Sports Centre - A community recreation and competition facility with five sprung timber courts, team change rooms, and seating for up to 2000. The Centre is also available for hire for corporate special events.
  • Numerous food and beverage outlets, Stars Restaurant and function rooms.
  • Meeting and seminar rooms that can cater for 20-400 guests.

Facts, Figures and Interesting Information

  • The roof area covers 3.2ha (8 acres) and the total floor space of the complex is 60,000sq m.
  • The building of the Main Arena measures 120m x 96m.
  • Designed into the Main Arena seats is 1788 - 1988 which represents the Bi-Centenary year.
  • 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.

Maximum Seating Capacity

Up to 14,500

Site Size

63.5ha

Height from floor to roof

26 metres – height to Catwalk is 16.5 metres.

Car Parking Facilities

Approximately 4,000 car park spaces plus 75 Coach Bay.

Permanent & Event Staff

Approximately 35 permanent and 500 casual event staff.

Opening Event

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on Thursday 20 February 1986. Ticket prices were:
Adults - $22.90
Juniors - $15.90

Event diversity

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, Boxing to name a few.

Filming

The Brisbane Entertainment Centre was the home to the original "Gladiators" television series and has featured in many concert artist recordings.

Statue

Leroy Loggins 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.

Artist recognition

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.

Recent World Rankings

June 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.

The Brisbane Entertainment Centre is a venue of Stadiums Queensland and proudly managed by AEG Ogden