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Globen (Avicii Arena)
Avicii arena logo.svg
Globen 30 år, febr 2019a.jpg
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; 18.0832361Coordinates: 59°17′36.80″N 18°04′59.65″E / 59.2935556°N 18.0832361°E / 59.2935556; 18.0832361
Public transitStockholm metro symbol.svg 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,[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.

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


Aerial view, April 2018

Avicii Arena is the largest hemispherical building on Earth and took two and a half years to build.[3] 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.

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.[5]

In 2021, it was announced that the arena would be renamed the Avicii Arena in honour of late Swedish DJ Avicii, who died by suicide in 2018. 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 fourteen-year-old Swedish singer Ella Tiritiello.[2][6]


Globen from the inside

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. The show returns to the arena for the first three heats of the 2022 competition.[7] Ericsson Globe has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 and again in 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 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.[8][9]


Concerts at Avicii Arena
Date Artist Opening Act Tour Attendance Revenue
15 December 1989 Bon Jovi Dan Reed Network
New Jersey Syndicate Tour N/A N/A
21 August 1990 Whitesnake Poison, The Quireboys
Monsters of Rock Sweden 1990 N/A N/A
20–22 September 1991 Roxette Glass Tiger Join the Joyride! Tour
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
10 June 1999 Aerosmith The Black Crowes Nine Lives Tour
14 December 1999 Black Sabbath Godsmack, Drain STH
9 November 2000 Britney Spears N/A Oops!... I Did It Again Tour
16 November 2001 Roxette The Rasmus Room Service Tour
10 April 2003 Shakira N/A Tour of the Mongoose
11 May 2004 Britney Spears Skye Sweetnam
JC Chasez
Wicked Wisdom
The Onyx Hotel Tour 13,635 / 14,045 $686,102
12 March 2007 Shakira N/A Oral Fixation Tour
16 March 2007 Dolly Parton N/A 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
7 March 2009 Metallica N/A World Magnetic Tour
4 May 2009 Metallica N/A World Magnetic Tour
13 May 2009 Beyoncé N/A 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 / 27,310 $2,690,080
14 July 2009
11 October 2009 Green Day Prima Donna 21st Century Breakdown World Tour
10 November 2009 P!nk Evermore Funhouse Tour
7 May 2010 Lady Gaga Semi Precious Weapons The Monster Ball Tour
8 May 2010
14 June 2011 Linkin Park The Futureheads A Thousand Suns World Tour
27 August 2011 Dolly Parton N/A 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 N/A The Neverending World Tour
4 November 2011 Bob Dylan Mark Knopfler Never Ending Tour
10 December 2011 Paul McCartney N/A 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 / 27,477 $2,848,530
31 August 2012
22 April 2013 Justin Bieber N/A Believe Tour
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 $1,226,039
3 November 2013 Bruno Mars Mayer Hawthorne The Moonshine Jungle Tour
23 February 2014 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 To Be Loved Tour
30 May 2014 Miley Cyrus Sky Ferreira Bangerz Tour
12 June 2014 John Mayer Phillip Phillips Born and Raised World Tour
11 July 2014 Dolly Parton N/A Blue Smoke World Tour
30 September 2014 Lady Gaga Lady Starlight ArtRave: The Artpop Ball
16 March 2015 Nicki Minaj Trey Songz
Ester Dean
The Pinkprint Tour
22 March 2015 Katy Perry Charli XCX Prismatic World Tour
21 May 2015 Ariana Grande Rixton The Honeymoon Tour
3 March 2016 Ellie Goulding Sarah Hartman Delirium World Tour
27 January 2017 Green Day Catfish and the Bottlemen Revolution Radio Tour
4 March 2017 Drake dvsn Boy Meets World Tour
30 March 2017 Ed Sheeran Anne-Marie
Ryan McMullan
÷ Tour
7 May 2017 John Mayer Andreas Moe The Search for Everything World Tour
17 May 2017 Shawn Mendes James TW Illuminate World Tour
20 May 2017 Bruno Mars Anderson Paak 24K Magic World Tour
3 March 2018 Kendrick Lamar James Blake The Damn Tour
18 March 2018 Harry Styles Mabel Harry Styles: Live on Tour
29 April 2018 Bryan Adams N/A Ultimate Tour
5 May 2018 Metallica Kvelertak WorldWired Tour
7 May 2018
10 June 2018 Katy Perry Tove Styrke Witness: The Tour
8 February 2019 Twenty One Pilots The Regrettes The Bandito Tour
4 March 2019 Nicki Minaj
Juice Wrld
Lil Xan The Nicki Wrld Tour
15 March 2019 Shawn Mendes Alessia Cara Shawn Mendes: The Tour
21 May 2019 Mumford & Sons Gang of Youths Delta Tour
2 June 2019 Backstreet Boys KnowleDJ DNA World Tour
26 June 2019 Bob Dylan N/A Never Ending Tour
1 October 2019 John Mayer N/A I Guess I Just Feel Like World Tour
7 October 2019 Ariana Grande Ella Mai
Social House
Sweetener World Tour
23 October 2019 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 An Evening with Michael Bublé
11 December 2019 A$AP Rocky Playboi Carti
Ski Mask the Slump God
Injured Generation Tour
11 July 2023 Shawn Mendes King Princess Wonder: The World Tour


'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[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. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 19 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Arenorna för alla Melodifestivalens sändningar är klara". media.melodifestivalen.se (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "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.)

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