THE FOUNDATION OF THE BALLROOM

THE FOUNDATION OF THE BALLROOM

THE WEIGHT OF THE CROWD BOUNCING

As its full title suggests, the Barrowland was originally built as a ballroom and only came to be a concert venue from 1983, when going along to live rock and pop music concerts became more popular.

With its original purpose as a ballroom, the Barrowland has an iconic sprung dancefloor, which is made of Canadian Maple wood. Around 1988, it became clear that the original sprung ballroom floor couldn’t take the weight of the almost 2,000 strong crowd bouncing along to their favourite bands. To support the floor, 18 steel pillars were installed to spread the weight of the passionate Glasgow crowd - by a company who designed oil rigs.