For forty games this season, the Pepsi Center will be the home for the Colorado Avalanche. This season, thanks to their trip to Sweden, the Avs will be playing their other ‘home game’ at the Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm.
It’s a pretty unique building and not something you would see in North America - especially not for a professional sports team. The Globe is the largest hemispherical building on the planet and is normally used as the home arena for Djurgårdens IF of the SHL.
There have been eight previous NHL regular season games played at The Globe, however, these will be the first since 2011.
This isn’t the first time the Colorado Avalanche have played in The Globe. Back in 2001, they were a part of the NHL Challange and played in Stockholm against Brynäs IF before the rest of the scheduled games were canceled.
For this Avs visit, they had to install a completely new ice surface to match NHL rink dimensions - one that is smaller than the ice surface that is normally housed in the building.
Commonly referred to as simply Globen
Built in: 1989
Diameter: 110 metres (361 feet)
Inner height: 85 metres (279 feet),
Volume: 605,000 cubic metres (21,188,800 cubic feet)
Capacity: 16,000 (13,850 for hockey)
Record capacity: 16,531 - Spice Girls (May 19, 1998)
Previous NHL Games at Globen
Vancouver Canucks beat Modo Hockey 5-2
Vancouver Canucks beat Djurgårdens 2-1 in overtime
Colorado Avalanche beat Brynäs IF 5–3
Toronto Maple Leafs beat Djurgårdens 9-2
Toronto Maple Leafs beat Färjestad BK 3–0
Ottawa Senators beat Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1
St. Louis Blues beat Detroit Red Wings 5-3
Columbus Blue Jackets beat San Jose Sharks 3-2 (OT)
Anaheim Ducks beat New York Rangers 2-1 (SO)