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The SEC Armadillo (originally known as the Clyde Auditorium) is an auditorium located near the River Clyde, in Glasgow, Scotland. It is one of three venues on the Scottish Event Campus, which includes the SEC Centre and the SSE Hydro.
The 2k Armadillo
|Former names||Clyde Auditorium (2000–2017)|
|Public transit||Exhibition Centre railway station|
|Opened||1 January 2000|
|Construction cost||£30 million|
|Venue Info (Scottish Event Campus)|
Plans for a new building to increase the capacity of the SECC complex were initiated in 1997. Designed by architects Foster and Partners, the 2,000 seat venue was completed in 2000, 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 Series 2 to 4, the auditions for Series 1 to 4 of The X Factor and the Hugo Award ceremony during Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention. It is the place where singer Susan Boyle was discovered.
The building served as the venue for the weightlifting competitions of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow. In the Christmas season, the Armadillo is used for pantomimes. Westlife lead vocalist Shane Filan played at the venue twice as a solo artist in 2016 and 2017.
- "All change as SECC is renamed the Scottish Event Campus". Evening Times. Newsquest (Herald & Times). 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Scottish Event Campus
- Photographs of the (Armadillo) Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow InGlasgow.com (Archived)
- SECC Armadillo features in Delhi Clyde Waterfront, 15 October 2010