Ericsson Globe (originally known as Stockholm Globe Arena, commonly referred to in Swedish simply as Globen (The Globe)) is an indoor arena located in Stockholm Globe City, Johanneshov district of Stockholm, Sweden. The Ericsson Globe is the largest hemispherical building on Earth and took two and a half years to build. Shaped like a large white ball, it has a diameter of 110 metres (361 feet) and an inner height of 85 metres (279 feet). The volume of the building is 605,000 cubic metres (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]

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]

Tenants

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 additionally used for musical performances as well as additional 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 after 2002. Ericsson Globe has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 and Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Notable events

EventYear
European Men's Volleyball Championships1989[5]
Ice Hockey World Championships1989,[6] 1995,[7] 2012,[8] 2013
Melodifestivalen1989,[9] 2002–2012[10]
Eric Clapton's Journeyman World Tour1990[2]
Monsters of Rock festival1990,[2]
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion World Tour1991,
World Cup of Hockey1996, 2004[11]
Men's World Floorball Championships1996,[11] 2006
Spice Girls' Spiceworld Tour1998
NHL Challenge Series2000, 2001, 2003
Eurovision Song Contest 20002000 [11]
MTV Europe Music Awards2000[11]
Eminem Anger Management Tour2001[11]
European Men's Handball Championships2002[11]
European Men's Basketball Championships2003[11]
Anastacia's Live at Last Tour2004
Cher's Living Proof: The Farewell Tour2004
Cirque du Soleil - Delirium2007
Swedish Idol Final2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour2008
Metallica's World Magnetic Tour2009
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown World Tour2009
Britney Spears's The Circus Starring Britney Spears2009
Britney Spears's The Femme Fatale Tour2011
Rihanna's Loud Tour2011
Rammstein's Made In Germany 1995-2011 Tour2012
Ultimate Fighting Championship2012[2]
Top Gear Live2012
Starcraft II World Championship Series European Finals2012[2]
Born This Way Ball Tour2012
Jennifer Lopez's Dance Again World Tour2012[2]
The Killers's Battle Born World Tour2013
The Truth About Love Tour2013
Beyoncé's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour2013
Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour2013[2]
Justin Bieber's Believe Tour2013
Depeche Mode's The Delta Machine Tour2013
Bruno Mars' The Moonshine Jungle Tour2013
Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour2014
Pharrell Williams's Dear Girl Tour2014
Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball2014
Ed Sheeran's x Tour2014
2015 European Figure Skating Championships2015
Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour2015
Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint Tour2015
Ariana Grande's The Honeymoon Tour2015
U2's Innocence + Experience Tour2015
Imagine Dragons's Smoke + Mirrors Tour2015
Muse's Drones World Tour2016
Mariah Carey's The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour2016
Eurovision Song Contest 20162016
The Dixie Chicks's DCX MMXVI World Tour2016

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Notable appearances

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

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

American rapper Eminem performed in 2001 with the "The Anger Management Tour". The first and only ever appearance in Sweden for the rapper Eminem owing to cancellation of the 2005 tour.

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

American singer Cher performed throughout 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 s sold-out show for his Club Paradise Tour in April 2012.

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

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

Soundgarden performed in September 1995.

Artwork

A small cottage in aluminium 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 a few distance from the exact top position of the Globe. The artist hopes he'll eventually manage to place a similar cottage on the Moon. The cottage remained on the Globe until October 2009.[3][3]

Skyview

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 throughout its first year of operation.