- Stockholm Globe Arena
Infobox Modern building
caption=The Stockholm Globe Arena
name=Stockholm Globe Arena
Svante Berg, Lars Vretblad
The Stockholm Globe Arena or, in Swedish, Globen ("The Globe") is the national indoor arena in
Stockholm Globe City, Sweden.
It is currently the largest hemispherical building in the world and took two and a half years to build. Shaped like a large golf 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 600,000 cubic meters (21,188,800 cubic feet). It has seating capacity for 16,000 spectators for shows and concerts, and 14,119 for
It represents the
Sunin the Sweden Solar System, the world's largest scale model of the Solar System.
Globen is primarily used for
ice hockey, and is the former home arena of Djurgårdens IF and AIK. It opened in 1989and seats (since 2005) 14,119 for ice hockey games, but is also used for musical performances as well as other sports than ice hockey, for example 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 (some 20 home games in The Globen to this day) and AC Camelen(one game in 1998, in the sixth (!) level league, with 92 spectators).
In 2003, the Globen hosted some games of the European Basketball Championship. It has hosted the
IIHF Ice Hockey World Championshipstwice, in 1989(for which it was built) and 1995, as well as some World Cup of Hockeygames in 1996and 2004. It has also been the venue for the NHL Challengeseries, when teams from the NHL came to Sweden to play against Swedish teams: the Vancouver Canucksin 2000, the Colorado Avalanchein 2001 and the Toronto Maple Leafsin 2003. The arena has also hosted a couple of Monster Jamevents, and the World Floorball Championships in 1996 and 2006. In 1989it also hosted the European Men's Volleyball Championship. The first two games of the 2008–09 season of the NHL, between the Ottawa Senatorsand the Pittsburgh Penguinswill be played in The Globen, although the rink was altered to NHL specifications. [cite news |first= Shelly|last= Anderson|title= Rink little short of NHL standards|url= http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08277/917078-61.stm?cmpid=sports.xml|publisher= " Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"|date= 2008-10-03|accessdate=2008-10-03]
1989, and every year since 2002, Globen Arena hosted the final of Melodifestivalen.
Most recently, the stadium was used for the finals of the
2006 Men's World Floorball Championshipsand the Swedish Idol Grand Final.
Eurovision Song Contestand MTV Europe Music Awards, were held there in 2000.
Pope John Paul IIheld a mass in the arena in 1989as the first popeto hold a mass in Sweden. Other notable appearances at the arena have included Dalai Lamaand Nelson Mandela. As for concerts, acts such as Kiss, Kylie Minogue, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Roxette, Guns N' Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Luciano Pavarotti, Simon and Garfunkel, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Aerosmith, Beyonce, The Whoand many more.
Stockholm Globe City
* [http://www.globearenas.se/ Stockholm Globe Arenas] – website
* [http://www.globencity.se/ Stockholm Globe City]
* [http://www.hockeyarenas.net/index.php3?page=3000&lang=en&ctID=se&arID=90 Hockeyarenas.net entry]
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