Like a giant UFO, the Globe Arena looms over southern Stockholm. The Skyview capsule on top of the building is one of Stockholm’s most recent attractions. The arena is located in the Johanneshov district, south of Södermalm. Since 2009, the Globe Arena has been officially known as the Ericsson Globe.
The Globen Arena was designed by Berg Architects as the world’s largest hemispherical building. Due to its distinctive shape and visibility for miles, it soon became a modern symbol of Stockholm. The arena opened in 1989, has a diameter of 110 meters and a ceiling height of 85 meters.
The arena is used as a multifunctional hall and organizes sports competitions, cultural events and concerts. The first major competition held here was the 1989 world championship hockey. International stars such as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Luciano Pavarotti performed at the Globe Arena to an audience of 16,000 people.
In 2010, a new attraction opened at the Ericsson Globe: the skyview attraction. It consists of two spherical glass gondolas attached to rails on the side of the sphere. Each gondola has room for sixteen people who can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of Stockholm from the top of the Globen, 130 meters above sea level.
The area around the Globe Arena has been transformed into a new micro-city known as Globe City. The area boasts a shopping arcade with over 150 shops. Nearby are two more indoor arenas (Annexet and Hovet), as well as two outdoor stadiums. The most recent, Tele2 Arena, opened in 2013.
The Globe Arena is mainly used for ice hockey and is the home arena of several Stockholm teams. The arena has a capacity of 13,850 for hockey games, but is also used for musical performances and other sports such as futsal. The first international game in Globen took place 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 in 1977) and it was a friendly match. Since 2002, the arena has been home to the finale of Sveriges Television’s annual music competition “Melodifestivalen”. Ericsson Globe hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 and Eurovision 2016.
If you have already explored the Arena and other sights of the city, then why not take a trip around Stockholm? Here you will find a lot of new experiences.