SEC Armadillo

The SEC Armadillo (originally known as the Clyde Auditorium) is an auditorium located near the River Clyde, in Glasgow, Scotland.[1] It is one of three venues on the Scottish Event Campus, which includes the SEC Centre and the OVO Hydro.[2]

SEC Armadillo
The 2k Armadillo
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow.jpg
Clyde Auditorium at night, May 2008
Former namesClyde Auditorium (2000–2017)
AddressFinnieston Street
G3 8YW
LocationScottish Event Campus
Coordinates55°51′34″N 4°17′17″W / 55.859496°N 4.287962°W / 55.859496; -4.287962Coordinates: 55°51′34″N 4°17′17″W / 55.859496°N 4.287962°W / 55.859496; -4.287962
Public transitExhibition Centre railway station
OwnerSEC Limited
Broke groundSeptember 1995
BuiltSeptember 1995 – August 1997
Opened7 September 1997
Construction cost£30 million
ArchitectFoster and Partners
Structural engineerArup Group Limited
Venue Info (Scottish Event Campus)


The auditorium viewed from across the Clyde, also showing the Bell's Bridge linking the area to Pacific Quay

Plans for a new building to increase the capacity of the SECC complex were initiated in 1994. Designed by architects Foster and Partners, construction of the 3,000 seat venue started in September 1995, and was completed in August 1997, by which time it had earned its affectionate nickname, due to the similarity of its shape to that of the animal of the same name.

Many comparisons have been made with the Sydney Opera House, although this was not the architects' inspiration for the design, which was in fact an interlocking series of ship's hulls, in reference to the Clyde's shipbuilding heritage.

The building has become one of the most recognisable on Clydeside and an iconic image of Glasgow. It is connected by passageways to the SEC Centre, and the Crowne Plaza hotel for easy access and exit for performers.


The building has held events, such as the Scottish auditions of Britain's Got Talent 2008 to 2010,[citation needed] the auditions for the first four editions of The X Factor[citation needed] and the Hugo Award ceremony during Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention.[citation needed] Singer Susan Boyle was discovered at this venue.[citation needed]

The building served as the venue for the weightlifting competitions of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow.[citation needed] In the season of Christmas, the Armadillo is used for pantomimes.[citation needed] Westlife lead vocalist Shane Filan played at the venue twice as a solo artist in 2016 and 2017. This is widely regarded as the most important and iconic performance in the venue's history.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "All change as SECC is renamed the Scottish Event Campus". Evening Times. Newsquest (Herald & Times). 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ SEC Armadillo Retrieved 14 October 2021.

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