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Publication celebrates the history of the Qantas Credit Union Arena

Publication celebrates the history of the Qantas Credit Union Arena
November 5, 2015

That’s Entertainment!, a limited edition commemorative book that captures the history of Sydney’s entertainment centre, the Qantas Credit Union Arena, has been released today.

Recalled by those who have been part of the venue’s 32-year history, the publication includes hundreds of photographs and behind-the-scenes stories and memorabilia that make up this Sydney story.

From its spectacular beginnings with Peter Allen on an elephant, and Barry Manilow, the former SEC has brought the world’s greatest performers and sporting icons to Sydney. These have included two of the Beatles and one Rolling Stone, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sir Elton John and John Farnham, Kylie Minogue, Cold Chisel, Billy Joel, Prince, Fleetwood Mac and P!nk – all of whom have ‘rocked the house’.

The Schools Spectacular saw new stars born while veteran performers such as Frank Sinatra and Cher also graced the stage.

In sport, the venue has seen the Sydney Kings win championships, the Diamonds rule the netball world as well as mad motocross events, super sumo, Disney, and ice dancers Torvill and Dean.

All of these characters and many, many, many more are captured in the pages of That’s Entertainment!,.

As promoter Michael Chugg says in the book’s Foreword “I’ve done hundreds of shows over the years at the Entertainment Centre.

“As a promoter who was also a Sydneysider, I felt a special affection for this venue.

“As a punter, I’ll never forget the night Jeff Fenech took the world title in front of 10,000 of Sydney’s characters.

“I will also never forget the Prince concert in 1991.

“There are so many memories for me. So many people made it a wonderful place to be.”

That’s Entertainment! is a high-quality, 168 page book celebrating the life of the Qantas Credit Union Arena.

Written by Lisa Anthony (the Face, Smash Hits, Juice and HG magazines) and Toby Creswell (Rolling Stone, Juice), in collaboration with the venue’s manager, AEG Ogden, the book includes behind-the-scenes stories and memorabilia from the 32 year-long party.

It uses hundreds of photographs by the prolific Tony Mott, Bob King and Glenn Pokorny, along with posters, backstage passes and mementos from thousands of events.

The book is truly homage to a venue that entertained millions, and also to the people who made it great.

Click here to purchase That's Entertainment! which is on-sale now via Ticketek.

For more information go to the Qantas Credit Union Arena website at www.qantascreditunionarena.com.au/Book.aspx 

Australasian Leisure Management will farewell the Qantas Credit Union Arena in a feature the November/December 2015 issue.

28th September 2015 - AEG OGDEN ANNOUNCES STEVE HEVERN AS ALLPHONES ARENA GENERAL MANAGER

1st September 2015 - ELTON JOHN TO FAREWELL LANDMARK SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT VENUE

21st January 2015 - AEG OGDEN MANAGED ARENAS SHINE ON THE WORLD STAGE

20th January 2014 - NAMING RIGHTS DEAL SEES SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE RENAMED QANTAS CREDIT UNION ARENA


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