Avicii Arena

Avicii Arena,[2] originally known as Stockholm Globe Arena and previously as Ericsson Globe, but commonly referred to in Swedish simply as Globen (pronounced [ˈɡlǔːbɛn] (listen); "the Globe"), is an indoor arena located in Stockholm Globe City, Johanneshov district of Stockholm, Sweden.

Globen(Avicii Arena)
Globe celebrates 30 years, February 2019
Former namesStockholm Globe Arena (1989–2009)
Ericsson Globe (2009–2021)
Location121 77 Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinates59°17′36.80″N 18°04′59.65″E
Public transit Globen
OwnerCity of Stockholm via SGA Fastigheter
OperatorAEG Live
Capacity13,850 (ice hockey)
16,000 (concerts)
Record attendance17,303 (Metallica, 5 May 2018)[1]
Broke ground10 September 1986 (1986-09-10)
Opened19 February 1989 (1989-02-19)
ArchitectSvante Berg, Lars Vretblad
Sweden men's national ice hockey team
AIK Hockey
Djurgårdens IF Hockey


Aerial view, April 2018.

Avicii Arena is the largest hemispherical building on Earth and took two and a half years to build.[3] Shaped like a large white ball, it has a diameter of 110 metres (360 ft) and an inner height of 85 metres (279 ft). The volume of the building is 605,000 cubic metres (21,400,000 cu ft) and it has a seating capacity of 16,000 spectators for shows and concerts, and 13,850 for ice hockey. In the upper area there are 40 VIP boxes and a restaurant.

The steel, concrete and glass construction designed by the architects Berg Arkitektkontor AB is supported by a MERO space structure. It represents the Sun in the Sweden Solar System, the world's largest scale model of the Solar System.[4]


View of Globen from the east side.

Globen was inaugurated on 19 February 1989 after a construction period of less than three years. The first major event was the Melodifestivalen 1989.

On 2 February 2009, the naming rights to the Stockholm Globe Arena were officially acquired by Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson, and it became known as the Ericsson Globe.[5]

In May 2021, it was announced that the arena would be renamed the Avicii Arena in honour of late Swedish musician Avicii. To celebrate the new name, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra recorded a performance of the Avicii song "For a Better Day", with vocals provided by 14-year-old Swedish singer Ella Tiritiello.[2][6]


The Globe is primarily used for ice hockey, and is the former home arena of AIK, Djurgårdens IF, and Hammarby IF. It is also used for musical performances as well as other sports than ice hockey, for example futsal (indoor football). The third team to play a home game in their league was Huddinge IK (three home games there, all in 1993), followed by Hammarby IF (20 home games in The Globen to this day) and AC Camelen (one game in 1998, in the sixth level league, with 92 spectators).

The first international game played in Globen was between Hammarby IF (Sweden) and Jokerit (Finland) a couple of weeks before the grand opening, although the players were only 12 years old at the time (born 1977) and it was a friendly game.

The arena has been the home of the finals of Sveriges Television's yearly music competition Melodifestivalen until 2012. Ericsson Globe has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 and Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

In March 2021, it hosted the World Figure Skating Championships despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It will host several matches of the 2023 World Men's Handball Championship with Sweden co-hosting alongside Poland. It will also host the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Stockholm 2021.


A small cottage bolted to the top of the Globe.

A small cottage in aluminum with a 12-square-metre (130 sq ft) base was placed upon the Globe on 26 May 2009. The artist, Mikael Genberg, intended it to illustrate two important symbols for Sweden: the high-technology Globe building and the traditional, simple small countryside cottage in Falu red with house corners painted in white. The house was positioned some distance from the exact top position of the Globe. Genberg also hoped to eventually place a similar cottage on the Moon. The cottage remained on the Globe until October 2009.[7][8]


'Skyview' elevator transporting visitors to the top of the arena.

Skyview is an exterior inclined elevator which transports visitors to the top of the arena for a virtually unobstructed view of Stockholm.

It has two spherical gondolas, each able to accommodate up to 16 passengers, which travel along parallel tracks on the exterior of the south side of the globe.[citation needed]

Skyview opened in February 2010 and carried 160,000 people during its first year of operation.[citation needed]

See also


  1. "Metallica återtog publikrekordet i Globen" [Metallica regained the audience record in the Globe]. Sveriges Television (in Swedish). 5 May 2018.
  2. Fekadu, Mesfin (19 May 2021). "Sweden's Ericsson Globe gets a new name: AVICII ARENA". ABC News. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. "Ericsson Globe". AEG. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  4. "The Sweden Solar System". Sweden Solar System. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  5. "Globen byter namn till Ericsson Globe" [The Globe changes its name to Ericsson Globe] (PDF) (Press release) (in Swedish). Stockholm Globe. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  6. Willman, Chris (19 May 2021). "Stockholm's Avicii Arena Aims to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Issues". Variety. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  7. "Röd stuga på Globens topp" [Red cottage on the top of the Globe]. Sveriges Television (in Swedish). 23 May 2009. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  8. "Video: Stuga placerad på Globens tak". Sveriges Television (in Swedish). 26 May 2009. Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. (The sequence starts automatically within a few seconds.)