The premier spot in Brighton for major sports, live music and other special events is the Brighton Centre. Since it first opened in 1977, this centrally-located venue has since handled all kinds of occasions, from Bon Jovi concerts to the World Wrestling All-Stars. It’s also helped hundreds of Brits get married in style, not to mention having been a venue for British politicians to rally the Brighton masses to their cause. This conference centre is a truly multipurpose venue serving all of Brighton’s needs.
The main hall is where the largest events are held. It has a capacity of 4,500 for normal conferences and up to 5,100 for standing room concerts. Several smaller halls are used for wedding receptions, private banquets and other more intimate gatherings. Besides its busy schedule hosting conferences and entertainment events, the Brighton Centre is a regular stop when British political parties hit the road during election time.
The Brighton Bears, one of the UK’s professional basketball teams, played their home games in the centre up until 2006 when the club folded. If there are any major sporting events planned for Brighton, chances are they will be held here though nowadays, such events are more likely to be Premier League Darts competitions rather than basketball or tennis tournaments.
One of the more athletic programmes planned for 2012 includes the Tropicana ice skating show, but in general the venue hosts more business-minded conferences like the Brighton Records and CDs Fair or the Comic Book Convention. There are even performances by unclassifiable entertainers like the survivalist TV star Bear Grylls, who has a show of his own on the road this year.
Music concerts are perhaps the biggest component of the entertainment sector here. From big name bands to Elvis Costello and up-and-coming rockers such as The Vaccines, there is almost always a live show planned each week of the year. Comedians like Billy Connolly also perform here, as do classic crooners like Katherine Jenkins.
Seating in the centre’s main hall ranges from floor seats that combine standing areas and slightly raised stalls to surrounding tiers of stadium-style seats. Tickets can be bought directly at the centre or online through its website. Its location right on King’s Road makes the centre accessible from almost anywhere in Brighton within minutes. The town’s main train station is just a 10-minute walk away, and even the beach is just across the road.
Of course, the centre is also available for private functions as well as large meetings, conferences and performances. The interior areas are all spacious, bright and airy, and boast views of the sea from many of the rooms. The largest auditorium can hold 4,450 people, while the smallest auditorium has space for 640 guests. There are also four separate syndicate rooms with a capacity of 200 people each.
The Brighton Centre is in the midst of a major renovation project which has just completed its first phase. New seating throughout the complex and improved bar and catering areas are highlights of this project to improve the facility.
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More info: www.brightoncentre.co.uk