Avicii Arena

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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 / 59.2935556°N 18.0832361°E / 59.2935556; 18.0832361
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

Avicii Arena, originally known as Stockholm Globe Arena and previously as Ericsson Globe,[2] but commonly referred to in Swedish simply as Globen (pronounced [ˈɡlǔːbɛn] ; lit.'the Globe'),[3] is an indoor arena located in Stockholm Globe City, Johanneshov district of Stockholm, Sweden.

The arena represents the Sun in the Sweden Solar System, the world's largest scale model of the Solar System.[4]


Aerial view, April 2018

Avicii Arena is the largest spherical building on Earth and took two and a half years to build.[5] 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.[6]


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 events were Melodifestivalen, the Ice Hockey World Championships and the Men's European Volleyball Championships.

In 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.[7]

In 2021, it was announced that the arena would be renamed the Avicii Arena in honour of the late Swedish DJ Avicii, who died in 2018. To commemorate the new name, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra recorded a performance of the Avicii song "For a Better Day", with vocals provided by fourteen-year-old Swedish singer Ella Tiritiello.[2][8]

Future plans[edit]

In June 2022, it was decided to renovate and modernize the arena throughout 2024, with a view of hosting the 2025 IIHF World Championship (which is to be jointly held in Sweden and Denmark) and as part of the unclear Stockholm bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics. After the scheduled reopening at the start of 2025, the neighboring Hovet arena is scheduled to be demolished and the site is to become part of the new district of Soderhov.[9] In July 2023, it was announced that the NCC company had received the contract for the renovation.[10]


Swedish Ice Hockey Association's 100th anniversary All Time Hockey Gala in 2022.
Globen hosting the NHL Global Series event in 2023

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 Globen so far) 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 hosted the final of Sveriges Television's yearly music competition Melodifestivalen, Sweden's qualifier show for the Eurovision Song Contest, until 2012. The show returned to the arena for the first three heats of the 2022 competition.[11] It also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 and 2016.

In March 2021, it hosted the World Figure Skating Championships despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2021, it hosted the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament Major Stockholm 2021.

Since 2000, the National Hockey League has used the arena for occasional games, both in the preseason and the regular season. The most recent games at the arena were two regular-season games between the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning in November 2019, part of the NHL Global Series event. The Global Series returned to Avicii Arena in November 2023, with the Senators returning and being joined by the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Each team played two games during the event.[12][13]


Concerts at Avicii Arena
Date Artist Opening act Tour Attendance Revenue
12 June 1989 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour N/A
13 June 1989
14 June 1989
15 December 1989 Bon Jovi Dan Reed Network New Jersey Syndicate Tour
21 August 1990 Whitesnake Poison, The Quireboys Monsters of Rock Sweden 1990
20 September 1991 Roxette Glass Tiger Join the Joyride! Tour
21 September 1991
22 September 1991
10 June 1992 U2 Fatima Mansions Zoo TV Tour
11 June 1992
13 April 1993 Peter Gabriel Ayub Ogada Secret World Tour
9 September 1994 Roxette Brainpool Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour
3 December 1994 ZZ Top Ian Moore Antenna World Tour
6 December 1996 Kiss The Verve Pipe Alive Worldwide Tour
9 September 1997 Oasis Be Here Now Tour
19 May 1998 Spice Girls Spiceworld Tour
20 May 1998
10 June 1999 Aerosmith The Black Crowes Nine Lives Tour
14 December 1999 Black Sabbath Godsmack, Drain STH
13 May 2000 Eurovision Song Contest 2000 -
9 November 2000 Britney Spears Oops!... I Did It Again Tour
18 November 2000 The Corrs In Blue Tour
13 January 2001 Googoosh Comeback World Tour
23 April 2001 Westlife Where Dreams Come True Tour
9 July 2001 U2 Stereophonics Elevation Tour 31,511 $1,269,775
10 July 2001
16 November 2001 Roxette The Rasmus Room Service Tour N/A
28 May 2002 Destiny's Child The Survivor Tour
10 April 2003 Shakira Tour of the Mongoose
24 April 2003 Peter Gabriel Growing Up Tour
11 May 2004 Britney Spears Skye Sweetnam, JC Chasez, Wicked Wisdom The Onyx Hotel Tour 13,635 / 14,045 $686,102
22 June 2005 Avril Lavigne Simple Plan, Melody Club Bonez Tour N/A
12 March 2007 Shakira Oral Fixation Tour
16 March 2007 Dolly Parton An Evening with Dolly Parton
3 May 2007 Beyoncé Lemar The Beyoncé Experience
7 June 2008 Céline Dion Calasia Taking Chances World Tour
28 June 2008 Avril Lavigne Jonas Brothers The Best Damn World Tour
17 September 2008 Coldplay High Wire Viva la Vida Tour
18 September 2008
28 January 2009 Oasis Dig Out Your Soul Tour
7 March 2009 Metallica World Magnetic Tour
4 May 2009
13 May 2009 Beyoncé I Am... World Tour 10,640 / 10,640 $728,113
13 July 2009 Britney Spears DJ Havana Brown The Circus Starring Britney Spears 23,022 $2,690,080
14 July 2009 27,310
11 October 2009 Green Day Prima Donna 21st Century Breakdown World Tour N/A
10 November 2009 P!nk Evermore Funhouse Tour
7 May 2010 Lady Gaga Semi Precious Weapons The Monster Ball Tour
8 May 2010
6 May 2011 Rush - Time Machine Tour
14 June 2011 Linkin Park The Futureheads A Thousand Suns World Tour
27 August 2011 Dolly Parton Better Day World Tour
16 October 2011 Britney Spears Joe Jonas, Destinee & Paris Femme Fatale Tour
1 November 2011 Rihanna Calvin Harris Loud Tour
3 November 2011 Roxette The Neverending World Tour
4 November 2011 Bob Dylan Mark Knopfler Never Ending Tour
10 December 2011 Paul McCartney On the Run
18 April 2012 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 Crazy Love Tour
7 July 2012 Pearl Jam X Pearl Jam 2012 Tour
30 August 2012 Lady Gaga The Darkness, Lady Starlight Born This Way Ball 27,477 $2,848,530
31 August 2012 27,477
22 April 2013 Justin Bieber Believe Tour N/A
23 April 2013
24 April 2013
8 May 2013 One Direction Camryn Take Me Home Tour
26 May 2013 P!nk Churchill The Truth About Love Tour
29 May 2013 Beyoncé Luke James The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 13,934 / 13,934 $1,318,690
22 July 2013 Rihanna GTA Diamonds World Tour 13,929 / 13,929 $1,226,039
3 November 2013 Bruno Mars Mayer Hawthorne The Moonshine Jungle Tour N/A
23 February 2014 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 To Be Loved Tour
22 May 2014 Peter Gabriel Back to Front Tour 10,950 N/A
30 May 2014 Miley Cyrus Sky Ferreira Bangerz Tour N/A
12 June 2014 John Mayer Phillip Phillips Born and Raised World Tour
11 July 2014 Dolly Parton Blue Smoke World Tour
30 September 2014 Lady Gaga Lady Starlight ArtRave: The Artpop Ball
16 March 2015 Nicki Minaj Trey Songz, Ester Dean The Pinkprint Tour
22 March 2015 Katy Perry Charli XCX Prismatic World Tour
21 May 2015 Ariana Grande Rixton The Honeymoon Tour
16 September 2015 U2 Innocence + Experience Tour 62,716 / 62,716 $6,850,151
17 September 2015
20 September 2015
21 September 2015
3 March 2016 Ellie Goulding Sarah Hartman Delirium World Tour N/A
10 May 2016 Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw _
12 May 2016 That's Eurovision
14 May 2016 Flag Parade
27 January 2017 Green Day Catfish and the Bottlemen Revolution Radio Tour
4 March 2017 Drake dvsn Boy Meets World Tour
30 March 2017 Ed Sheeran Anne-Marie, Ryan McMullan ÷ Tour
7 May 2017 John Mayer Andreas Moe The Search for Everything World Tour
17 May 2017 Shawn Mendes James TW Illuminate World Tour
20 May 2017 Bruno Mars Anderson Paak 24K Magic World Tour
3 March 2018 Kendrick Lamar James Blake The Damn Tour
18 March 2018 Harry Styles Mabel Harry Styles: Live on Tour
29 April 2018 Bryan Adams Ultimate Tour
5 May 2018 Metallica Kvelertak WorldWired Tour
7 May 2018
10 June 2018 Katy Perry Tove Styrke Witness: The Tour
8 February 2019 Twenty One Pilots The Regrettes The Bandito Tour
4 March 2019 Nicki Minaj Lil Xan The Nicki Wrld Tour
Juice Wrld
15 March 2019 Shawn Mendes Alessia Cara Shawn Mendes: The Tour
21 May 2019 Mumford & Sons Gang of Youths Delta Tour
2 June 2019 Backstreet Boys KnowleDJ DNA World Tour
26 June 2019 Bob Dylan Never Ending Tour
1 October 2019 John Mayer I Guess I Just Feel Like World Tour
7 October 2019 Ariana Grande Ella Mai, Social House Sweetener World Tour
23 October 2019 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 An Evening with Michael Bublé
11 December 2019 A$AP Rocky Playboi Carti, Ski Mask the Slump God, Comethazine Injured Generation Tour
15 June 2022 Pet Shop Boys Dreamworld Tour
10 October 2022 The Cure The Twilight Sad Lost World Tour
17 October 2022 Kendrick Lamar Baby Keem, Tanna Leone The Big Steppers Tour
3 December 2022 Burna Boy Kaliffa Love damini Tour
1 March 2023 Robbie Williams XXV Tour
28 April 2023 Sabaton Lordi The Tour To End All Tours

6 May 23

Eros Ramazzotti Batitto Infinito

31 May 2023 Peter Gabriel i/o The Tour
7 October 2023 50 Cent Busta Rhymes The Final Lap Tour


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 white trim. 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, which has not yet happened.[14] The cottage remained on the Globe until October 2009.[15][16]


Opened in February 2010,[17] 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 12 passengers, which travel along parallel tracks on the exterior of the south side of the globe.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Metallica återtog publikrekordet i Globen" [Metallica regained the audience record in the Globe] (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Fekadu, Mesfin (19 May 2021). "Sweden's Ericsson Globe gets a new name: AVICII ARENA". ABC News. Archived from the original on 19 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Globen byter namn till Avicii Arena". www.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). 19 May 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2023.
  4. ^ Facts, Commonplace Fun (10 November 2021). "Sweden's Scale Model of the Solar System Spans the Whole Country". Commonplace Fun Facts. Retrieved 30 October 2023.
  5. ^ "Ericsson Globe". AEG. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  6. ^ "The Sweden Solar System". Sweden Solar System. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Willman, Chris (19 May 2021). "Stockholm's Avicii Arena Aims to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Issues". Variety. Archived from the original on 19 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  9. ^ "KLART: Hovet ska rivas – så påverkas ishockeyn". www.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). 20 June 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  10. ^ Rial, Bradley (4 July 2023). "NCC lands contract to renovate Avicii Arena". The Stadium Business. Retrieved 30 November 2023.
  11. ^ "Arenorna för alla Melodifestivalens sändningar är klara". media.melodifestivalen.se (in Swedish). SVT. Archived from the original on 4 February 2022. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Red Wings, Wild, Senators, Maple Leafs to play in 2023 NHL Global Series" (Press release). National Hockey League. 26 April 2023. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  13. ^ "Maple Leafs beat Wild 4-3 in OT and extend winning streak to 4 games in Global Series finale". Brad Ford Today. 19 November 2023. Retrieved 19 November 2023.
  14. ^ "Världsunika multiarenan Avicii Arena". SGA Fastigheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 October 2023.
  15. ^ "Röd stuga på Globens topp" [Red cottage on the top of the Globe] (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 23 May 2009. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Video: Stuga placerad på Globens tak" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 26 May 2009. Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. (The sequence starts automatically within a few seconds.)
  17. ^ "SkyView - Avicii Arena". aviciiarena.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 October 2023.
  18. ^ "SkyView - Avicii Arena". aviciiarena.se. Retrieved 30 October 2023.

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