Ericsson Globe

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

Ericsson Globe
Globe celebrates 30 years, February 2019
Former namesStockholm Globe Arena (1989–2009)
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

The Ericsson Globe is the largest hemispherical building on Earth[2] and took two and a half years to build. Shaped like a large white ball, it has a diameter of 110 meters (361 feet) and an inner height of 85 meters (279 feet). The volume of the building is 605,000 cubic meters (21,188,800 cubic feet). It has a seating capacity of 16,000 spectators for shows and concerts, and 13,850 for ice hockey.

It represents the Sun in the Sweden Solar System, the world's largest scale model of the Solar System.[3]


Globen was inaugurated on 19 February 1989 after a construction period of less than three years. The first major sporting event was the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships.

On February 2, 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.[4]


The Globe is primarily used for ice hockey, and is the former home arena of AIK, Djurgårdens IF, and Hammarby IF. It opened in 1989 and seats 13,850 for ice hockey games, but is also used for musical performances as well as other sports than ice hockey, for example futsal (indoor football). It is owned by FCA fastigheter. 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 since 2002. Ericsson Globe has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 and Eurovision Song Contest 2016. It will host several matches of the 2023 World Men's Handball Championship with Sweden co-hosting alongside Poland.


Event Year
Gary Moore After the War Tour 1989
Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1989
European Men's Volleyball Championships 1989[5]
Ice Hockey World Championships 1989,[6] 1995,[7] 2012,[8] 2013
Melodifestivalen 1989,[9] 2002–2012[10]
Globens Luciakonsert 1989-2007
Eric Clapton's Journeyman World Tour 1990[11]
Tina TurnerForeign Affair: The Farewell Tour 1990[12]
Monsters of Rock festival 1990[13]
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion World Tour 1991
Janet Jackson's Janet World Tour 1995
Tina TurnerWildest Dreams Tour 1996[14]
World Cup of Hockey 1996, 2004[15]
Men's World Floorball Championships 1996,[15] 2006
Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope Tour 1998
Spice Girls' Spiceworld Tour 1998
Backstreet Boys' Into the Millennium Tour 1999
Britney Spears' Oops!... I Did It Again Tour 2000
NHL Challenge Series 2000, 2001, 2003
Eurovision Song Contest 2000 2000[15]
MTV Europe Music Awards 2000[15]
Eminem Anger Management Tour 2001[15]
Westlife Where Dreams Come True Tour 2001
European Men's Handball Championships 2002[15]
European Men's Basketball Championships 2003[15]
Shania Twain's Up! Tour 2004
Anastacia's Live at Last Tour 2004
Britney Spears's The Onyx Hotel Tour 2004
Cher's Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2004
Westlife's Turnaround Tour 2004
Cirque du Soleil – Delirium 2007
Swedish Idol Final 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour 2008
Kylie Minogue's KylieX2008 2008
Tina TurnerTina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2009[16]
Metallica's World Magnetic Tour 2009
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown World Tour 2009
Britney Spears's The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009
Britney Spears's The Femme Fatale Tour 2011
Rihanna's Loud Tour 2011
Rammstein's Made In Germany 1995-2011 Tour 2012
Ultimate Fighting Championship 2012[17]
Top Gear Live 2012
Starcraft II World Championship Series European Finals 2012[18]
Born This Way Ball Tour 2012
Jennifer Lopez's Dance Again World Tour 2012[19]
The Killers's Battle Born World Tour 2013
The Truth About Love Tour 2013
Beyoncé's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013
Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour 2013[20]
Justin Bieber's Believe Tour 2013
Depeche Mode's The Delta Machine Tour 2013
Bruno Mars' The Moonshine Jungle Tour 2013
Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour 2014
Pharrell Williams's Dear Girl Tour 2014
Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball 2014
Ed Sheeran's x Tour 2014
2015 European Figure Skating Championships 2015
Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour 2015
Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint Tour 2015
Ariana Grande's The Honeymoon Tour 2015
U2's Innocence + Experience Tour 2015
Imagine Dragons's Smoke + Mirrors Tour 2015
Muse's Drones World Tour 2016
Mariah Carey's The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour 2016
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 2016
The Dixie Chicks's DCX MMXVI World Tour 2016
Marcus and Martinus Together Tour 2017
Green Day's Revolution Radio Tour 2017
The Weeknd's Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour 2017
Ed Sheeran's ÷ Tour 2017
Enrique Iglesias's Sex and Love Tour 2017
Bruno Mars's 24K Magic World Tour 2017
Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool Tour 2017
Sam Smith's The Thrill of It All Tour 2018
Katy Perry's Witness: The Tour 2018
Shania Twain's Shania Now Tour 2018
Marcus and Martinus Moments Tour 2018
Kygo Kids in Love Tour 2018
DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 2018[21]
Nicki Minaj and Juice Wrld's The Nicki Wrld Tour 2019
NHL Global Series 2019
Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour 2019
The International 2020 2020[22]

NHL ice hockey

The arena hosted NHL Challenge series, when teams from the NHL came to Sweden to play against Swedish teams: the Vancouver Canucks in 2000, the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2003.

The first two games of the 2008–09 season of the NHL, between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins were played in the Globen, although the rink was altered to NHL specifications.[23]

The first two games of the 2009-10 season of the NHL, a home-and-home series between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings October 2–3.[24]

The first two games of the 2010-11 season of the NHL, a home-and-home series between the San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets took place on October 8 and 9, 2010. The game on October 8 was won by San Jose Sharks 3-2. The second game, on October 9, was won 3-2 in overtime by Columbus Blue Jackets.

The venue once again played host to two NHL Premiere games for the 2011–12 NHL season as the New York Rangers played the Los Angeles Kings on October 7 and Anaheim Ducks on October 8.[25] Two NHL games were played between the Ottawa Senators and the Colorado Avalanche on 10 and 11 November 2017. The venue most recently hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabers on November 8th and 9th, 2019 as part as NHL’s global series. The Lightning won both games.


Pope John Paul II held a Mass in the arena in 1989 as the first pope to hold a Mass in Sweden.

Other political leaders appearances at the arena have included Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.

American rapper Eminem performed in 2001 with "The Anger Management Tour". The first appearance in Sweden for the rapper Eminem owing to cancellation of the 2005 tour. He was back in the arena in 2018 with "Revival Tour".

American singer Mariah Carey performed at the arena during her Charmbracelet World Tour on October 5, 2003.

American singer Cher performed during her marathon Living Proof: The Farewell Tour on June 15, 2004.

Justin Timberlake performed for 15,000 fans in 2007 with the show of his tour FutureSex/LoveShow. Nine years later in the same arena, he was invited to an interval act of Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Canadian Young Money-rapper Drake performed a sold-out show for his Club Paradise Tour in April 2012.

Lady Gaga performed here on 30 and 31 August 2012 as part of her Born This Way Ball Tour and on 30 September 2014 in her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball.

Jennifer Lopez performed on the 5 November 2012 on her Dance Again World Tour.

Soundgarden performed in September 1995.

Gary Moore was the first rock act to appear The Globe on 8 April 1989, as part of his After The War world tour.


A small cottage in aluminum with a 12-square-metre (130 sq ft) base was placed upon the Globe on May 26, 2009. The artist's intention with the arrangement is 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. The artist hopes he will eventually manage to place a similar cottage on the Moon. The cottage remained on the Globe until October 2009.[26][27]


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.

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

See also


  1. "Metallica återtog publikrekordet i Globen" (in Swedish). svt.
  2. "Ericsson Globe | AEG Worldwide". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  3. "Sweden Solar System: English summary". Sweden Solar System. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
  4. "Press release for Ericsson naming rights" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  5. Neovius, Lennart (2003-02-22). "EM 1989 – ett historiskt ögonblick". Swedish Volleyball Association. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  6. Petersen, Leif (2009-02-22). "Allt ljus på Globen" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  7. Söderberg, Anna. "Drömfinalen i VM 1995" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  8. "Ericsson Globe –". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  9. "80-talet" (in Swedish). SVT. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  10. "2000-talet" (in Swedish). SVT. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  11. see Journeyman World Tour.
  12. see Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour.
  13. Monsters of rock#1990 European Tour
  14. see Wildest Dreams Tour.
  15. "Stockholm Globe Arenas, Company presentation, history & facts" (PDF). Stockholm Globe Arenas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  16. see Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.
  17. "UFC Sets its Sights on Sweden". UFC. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  18. Blizzard Entertainment (2012-07-27). "WCS Europe Finals to Take Place in Sweden's Ericsson Globe – StarCraft II". Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  19. Dance Again World Tour
  20. "Live | RihannaRihanna". p. 4. Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  21. "DreamHack Masters comes to Stockholm – DreamHack partners with Stockholm Live and City of Stockholm". 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  22. Reddy, Wykrhm (2019-08-25). "The International 2020 is coming to the Globen in Stockholm, Sweden — the tenth edition of the grand annual celebration of Dota returns to Europe for the first time since 2011.". @wykrhm. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  23. Anderson, Shelly (2008-10-03). "Rink little short of NHL standards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  24. Rosen, Dan (2009-02-19). "Stockholm, Helsinki beckon Wings, Blues, Blackhawks, Panthers". Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  25. "Premiere 2011 teams, locations revealed". 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  26. "Röd stuga på Globens topp" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 2009-05-26. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  27. Video sequence showing the lifting of the cottage, SVT-play May 26, 2009. Archived August 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (The sequence starts automatically within a few seconds.)
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