The Adelaide Entertainment Centre (AEC) is an indoor arena located in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, and is used for sporting and entertainment events. It is the principal venue for concerts, events and attractions for audiences between 2,000 and 12,000. It is located on Port Road in the suburb of Hindmarsh, just north of the Adelaide city centre. With modern architecture and acoustics, function rooms and award winning catering, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre provides a live entertainment venue for hundreds of thousands of people each year. In 2010 the Adelaide Entertainment Centre completed a $52m redevelopment with a new entry and Theatre complex.

The AEC was established by the Government of South Australia in response to demand from the people of South Australia for a suitable venue for international and local popular entertainment. Apollo Stadium, which had been Adelaide's primary venue for indoor attractions since 1969, was increasingly considered to be too small to meet this need. The AEC was built at a cost of $44 million, and was officially opened on 20 July 1991 by John Bannon, the then Premier of South Australia. The South Australian Government assigned responsibility for the management of the AEC to the Grand Prix Board in 1989. In August 1998, the Government established the Adelaide Entertainments Corporation. The first Board of Directors for the AEC was formally appointed on 9 February 1999. The current Board consists of seven Directors. In 2007, the Rann Government announced plans to renovate the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. The State Government released the statement: "The State Government is committed to the vision of creating a vibrant entertainment and media precinct on the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Site". On 6 August 2007, the renovation plans were passed and construction began on the $52 million upgrade. Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith said: "the upgrade comes on the back of a record-breaking last 12 months, with more than 370,000 passing through the centre's doors, and record profits recorded." The renovation included: major upgrades of the foyer, backstage area and corporate facilities; creation of additional car parking; new staging and curtains; renovation of administration areas; and restoration of the heritage-listed Revelations Chapel for use as a wedding and function venue. 8000 new seats were also installed. The centre not only holds music and cultural events, but hosts the occasional sporting event also. Since 2004 it has been a regular stop for World Wrestling Entertainment shows on their Australian tours, and on 7 November 2010 it played host to the ANZ Championship grand final between local team the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic team from New Zealand. The Thunderbirds won the grand final 52-42 in front of 9,300 fans.

Centre features
The footprint of the site is 28,900 square metres, (approx 3 ha or 7 acres), and includes a large foyer area, a 2,680 square metre event arena, seven function rooms, car parking, logistic facilities and administrative offices. The arena is the largest auditorium in South Australia. The centre it is capable of operating in several different modes, including an 'intimate' mode (2,000-4,500 patrons), end stage mode (4,500-7,500 patrons) and '360 degree' mode. With a general admission floor and Corporate level seating, the maximum capacity of the AEC is 12,000. The AEC has a complete in-house catering operation that provides for audience food and beverage requirements, as well as banquet, function, seminar, tradeshow, corporate suites and backstage requirements. The AEC also provides corporate hospitality in the form of 31 suites that are leased on a 2 - 5 year basis.

Car Parks
On site parking is available for approximately 700 cars, however, early arrival is recommended for concert goers and the normal cost is $10. Park & Ride is now operating from 6:30am to 6:30pm, 7 days a week, for minimal charge of $2 per day and free tram ride to the City.

A taxi stand is situated on Port Road directly adjacent to the main entrance of the AEC. Bus stops are located on Port Road and Manton Street (rear of the AEC) within close walking distance. The Bowden Train Station is located within a minute's walking distance from the main entrance of the AEC. The completion of the new tram extension, which stops at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Station, allows further access to and from the City and Glenelg.

All tickets for concerts or events at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre can be purchased through Ticketek by phone or online.

The AEC has hosted a wide variety of conferences, exhibitions, meetings and special events. Notable artists and shows held at the venue have included:

Additional Note
on 2 March 2011 " Redro & D'Liquid Club" been completed to hold the show in the center and the same night they held a video capture DVD for this show which will be released on 6 June 2011

Artist Date Notes AC/DC 1991-10-28&29 Morissette, Alanis Alanis Morissette 1996 Record for the biggest (indoor) attendance for a single performance at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, with more than 11,000 people Adams, Bryan Bryan Adams Aguilera, Christina Christina Aguilera B.B. King Backstreet Boys Beach Boys, The The Beach Boys 1992-11-26 Beyoncé Black Eyed Peas, The The Black Eyed Peas Blink-182 Bon Jovi Bowie, David David Bowie Brown, Chris Chris Brown Cher Corrs, The The Corrs 1997-02-06 Forgiven, Not Forgotten World Tour Corrs, The The Corrs 1998-02-06 Talk on Corners World Tour Clapton, Eric Eric Clapton Clarkson, Kelly Kelly Clarkson Coldplay Cold Chisel 2003-12-19 Collins, Phil Phil Collins Alice Cooper Costello, Elvis Elvis Costello 1991-09-16 Def Leppard 1992-07-14 Destiny's Child Dion, Celine Celine Dion Dire Straits 1991-11-26 (Then) Record for the biggest (indoor) attendance (10,500) Duff, Hilary Hilary Duff Duran Duran Dylan, Bob Bob Dylan 1992-03-21 Elton John Evanescence Faker Fall Out Boy Farnham, John John Farnham Fiction Plane Good Charlotte Goodrem, Delta Delta Goodrem Grease Green Day Groban, Josh Josh Groban Guns N' Roses Houston, Whitney Whitney Houston Jackson, Janet Janet Jackson Judas Priest k.d. lang Keys, Alicia Alicia Keys KISS Lady Gaga 2009-05-28 The Fame Ball Tour Lady Gaga 2010-04-03 The Monster Ball Tour Linkin Park 2010-12-09 A Thousand Suns World Tour Metallica Minnelli, Liza Liza Minnelli Minogue, Kylie Kylie Minogue Muse Chemical Romance, My My Chemical Romance Newton-John, Olivia Olivia Newton-John Nickelback Oasis Pearl Jam P!nk Police, The The Police Phantom of the Opera , The The Phantom of the Opera 1986 Pussycat Dolls R.E.M. Radiohead Red Hot Chili Peppers, The The Red Hot Chili Peppers 1992-10-15 REO Speedwagon Richard, Cliff Cliff Richard 1991 Rieu, Andre Andre Rieu Rihanna 2011-03-18 The Last Girl on Earth Tour Rogue Traders Roxette 1991-11-29 Savage Garden Seal Sebastian, Guy Guy Sebastian Simple Minds Simple Plan Snoop Dogg Snow Patrol Spears, Britney Britney Spears 2009-11-29 The Circus Starring Britney Spears Tour Stefani, Gwen Gwen Stefani Sting Swift, Taylor Taylor Swift Take That Timberlake, Justin Justin Timberlake Twain, Shania Shania Twain Warlow, Anthony Anthony Warlow Westlife Williams, Robbie Robbie Williams Wonder, Stevie Stevie Wonder


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