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Brisbane Entertainment Centre

The Brisbane Entertainment Centre is a multi-purpose arena located in the Brisbane suburb of Boondall, Queensland, Australia. The centre is managed by AEG Ogden.

Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Entrance to the venue (c.2005)
Address1 Melaleuca Drive
Brisbane QLD 4034
Coordinates27°20′32″S 153°4′16″E / 27.34222°S 153.07111°E / -27.34222; 153.07111Coordinates: 27°20′32″S 153°4′16″E / 27.34222°S 153.07111°E / -27.34222; 153.07111
OwnerStadiums Queensland
OperatorAEG Ogden
Broke ground1985
Opened20 February 1986 (1986-02-20)
Construction costA$71 million
(A$205 million in 2018 dollars[1])
Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (1986–97, 2007, 2016–2019)
Queensland Firebirds (ANZ/NNL) (2008-18)
Venue Website

The arena has an array of seating plans which facilitate the comfort of its users, subject to performance. Specific seating plans are usually allocated, depending on the performance and the size of its audience. The general seating arrangements are end stage mode, "in the round" and intimate mode, which only uses half of the arena. The centre also houses a sporting complex and small function rooms which are available to hire for wedding reception and business functions.

The centre's large audience capacity is mostly used for the staging of concerts and musical theatre shows, including Whitney Houston’s Nothing But Love World Tour, One Direction's Take Me Home Tour, Taylor Swift's Fearless and Speak Now Tours, Shawn Mendes' Illuminate World Tour, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, and The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular. It has also staged ice-skating shows, including Disney On Ice. The Entertainment Centre was also the filming venue for the original Australian series of Gladiators from 1995 to 1997.


Located in Boondall, just off the Gateway Motorway, patrons can catch a Queensland Rail City network service to Boondall railway station, on the Shorncliffe railway line, or travel by taxi. There are 4,000 car parking spaces. Buses do not run to the centre even on event nights.

Venue layoutEdit

The centre has 11,000 tiered seats and a maximum concert capacity of 13,601 making it the largest indoor live entertainment arena in Brisbane and the second largest permanent indoor arena in Australia behind only the 21,000 capacity Sydney Super Dome (it is smaller than the 14,820 seat Rod Laver Arena and the 14,856 seat Perth Arena, though both of those venues have a retractable roof).[3] It cost $71 million to construct.[4]

Seating plans[5]
Venue Capacity
Standard Mode 1 10,021
Standard Mode 2 7,847
Standard Mode 3 13,601
In The Round 13,341
Intimate Mode 1 3,167
Intimate Mode 2 4,456
Intimate Mode 3 5,322
Intimate Mode 4 6,502
Sports Mode 1 6,799
Sports Mode 2 8,974
Sports Mode 3 5,032
Sports Mode 4 10,023


Brisbane BulletsEdit

From 1986–1997 the BEC was home to former NBL team the Brisbane Bullets.

The Bullets won the 1987 NBL championship against the Perth Wildcats, and secured their second NBL championship at this venue as they completed a two-game sweep of the Wildcats 2-0 after winning the first game which was played at the Perth Superdome.[6]

In 1987, the Brisbane Bullets won their second NBL championship and their first at the Entertainment Centre with a 2-0 series win over the Perth Wildcats (the Bullets previous championship win in 1985 was at the Sleeman Sports Centre).

In 1990 the Brisbane Bullets hosted games 2 and 3 of the National Basketball League Grand Final series against the Perth Wildcats, setting a new NBL attendance record for the time in Australia of 13,221 for game 2.

In 2007, the Brisbane Bullets won their third and last NBL championship when they defeated the Melbourne Tigers 3-1 in their best of five game series. The Entertainment Centre was used due to a date clash with the Bullets then home, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.[citation needed]

The Brisbane Bullets returned to the NBL in 2016–17 and will again play some games at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.[7]

Queensland FirebirdsEdit

The venue was the main home court for netball side the Queensland Firebirds, who won premierships in the ANZ Championship at the venue in 2015 and 2016. In 2019, the club moved all of their home matches to the newly constructed venue dedicated to netball, Brisbane Arena.

Notable eventsEdit

The opening event for the centre was on Thursday 20 February 1986, featuring World Champion, British ice skaters, Torvill and Dean. Ticket prices were Adults $22.90 and Juniors $15.90[8]

The grounds of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre
The grounds of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre
  • In 1987, Michael Jackson performed during his Bad Tour for two sold out shows on 27 and 28 November. On the 28th, Stevie Wonder appeared on stage and sang with Jackson.[9]
  • On 19 November later that year, Eric Clapton played a sold-out concert at the venue during his Journeyman World Tour in front of 14,500 people.
  • On 2-4 October 1989, U2 performed at this venue during their Love Comes to Town Tour.
  • On 31 January 1998, Mariah Carey held a concert as part of Butterfly World Tour.
  • On 28 February 2007, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for The Love Tour supporting their album The Love Album.
  • In 1995, Pearl Jam performed two concerts at the venue, as they would again in 1998, 2003 & 2006.
  • On 4 February 2010, Taylor Swift performed in Brisbane for the first time to 11,334 people. She made an income of $956,505.
  • On 22 February 2010, the singer Whitney Houston performed her Nothing But Love World Tour to promo her new CD titled I Look To You
  • Lady Gaga performed at the arena as part of her Monster Ball Tour on 26-27 March 2010.
  • On 6 and 7 March 2012, Taylor Swift performed her Speak Now World Tour. She made an income of $2,416,030 with the attendance of 19,870 people.
  • On 19–21 October 2013, One Direction performed for the first time at this venue during the Take Me Home Tour, with the attendance of 30,831 over the course of 3 nights reeling in a revenue of $2,729,520.
  • On 16 and 17 March 2016, Madonna performed at the arena as part of her Rebel Heart Tour. The second show gained international attention when the singer accidentally exposed the breast of a 17-year-old woman on stage by pulling down her top; Madonna had jokingly responded "Oh sorry, sexual harassment". The incident caused controversy though several publications, where members of the public took to social media to label the incident as an assault.[10][11][12] Despite this, the 17-year-old woman, who was identified as Josephine Georgiou, defended the singer by stating it was "the best time of my life". In spite of having been approached by lawyers offering to represent her, Georgiou also refused to launch legal action against the singer.[13]
  • On 25 April 2016, pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath performed their final Australian show at this arena. Supporting act was Rival Sons.
  • On 28 July 2017 Little Mix performed at this arena as a part of The Glory Days Tour.
  • On 12 September 2017, Ariana Grande performed at this arena for the first time as part of the Dangerous Woman Tour.
  • On 29 November 2017, Shawn Mendes performed for a first time at this arena as a part of Illuminate World Tour.
  • On 28 April 2018, Harry Styles performed for a first time at this arena as part of the Harry Styles: Live on Tour.
  • On 3 June 2018, Niall Horan performed for a first time at this arena as a part of Flicker World Tour.
  • On 30 and 31 July 2018 Céline Dion performed at this arena as a part of Celine Dion Live 2018. This will be the first show of Dion since Taking Chances World Tour in 10 years.
  • On 28 and 29 September 2018 Cher performed at this arena as part of the Here We Go Again Tour.
  • On 5 and 6 December 2018 Shania Twain performed at this arena as a part of Now Tour. This was the first show of Twain since Come On Over Tour in 19 years.
  • On 6 November 2019 Shawn Mendes performed in this arena for the second time as a part of Shawn Mendes: The Tour

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Inflation Calculator". RBA. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  2. ^ David James Robins. "Brisbane Entertainment Centre". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ Marissa Calligeros (17 October 2012). "Entertainment Centre in world's top 20". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ Wanna, John; Robyn Davies (1995). "Local Resource Allocation in the City: Structural-Institutional Power". In Caulfield, Janice; Wanner, John (eds.). Power and Politics in the City: Brisbane in transition. Macmillan Education AU. p. 86. ISBN 0732929997. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Seating Configurations and Capacities". Brisbane Entertainment Centre Official Website. June 2004. Archived from the original on 9 June 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  6. ^ National Basketball League: 1987 Archived 26 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ Brisbane Bullets vs Adelaide 36ers highlights - 2016
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Retrieved on 9 July 2013
  9. ^ Campbell, Lisa D. (1993). Michael Jackson: The King of Pop (1 ed.). Branden Books. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-8283-1957-7.
  10. ^ Sydney Morning Herald staff (18 March 2016). "Madonna exposes fan at second Brisbane show". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  11. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (18 March 2016). "Madonna Pulls Down Female Fan's Top at Brisbane Concert, Tells Her: 'Oh Sorry, Sexual Harassment'". Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  12. ^ Forrester, Katy (18 March 2016). "Madonna shocks as she pulls down a female fan's TOP to reveal her bare breast on stage". Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  13. ^ Saad, Nardine (18 March 2016). "Wardrobe malfunction onstage with Madonna was the 'best moment,' 17-year-old girl says". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.

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