Modernization of Avicii Arena in Stockholm

In accordance with preliminary decisions made by Stockholm City Council, a best-in-class team has been appointed by Stockholm Globe Arena Fastigheter AB (SGAF) to support them in reimagining the performance space of Avicii Arena, Stockholm, Sweden. As part of this multidisciplinary team, led by Legends International, schlaich bergermann partner is in charge of the structural concept for the new Avicii Arena.


A new structural concept for the Globen

The new structural concept for Avicii Arena is divided into five key topics, that will help to transform the Globen into a state-of-the-art venue and elevate the experience for visitors of concerts, entertainment, and sports.

First, the existing structure is being examined in an ongoing process to understand and quantify its structural system, geometry and performance. A 3D as-built model will be created based on execution drawings, old archive maps and photographic analysis. As a result of this model, several components of the existing structure will make way for the new design and therefore will be partially demolished or potentially reused for arena retrofits.

The new structural concept is an extension to the Globen that sits on top of the existing structure and its radial ribs at each radial axis. Compression ring, radial bars, undulating inner ring and inner cable net structure form the primary load bearing steel structure. Structural timber gondolas are suspended from the undulating inner ring as permanent loads, forming a seating area closer to the event floor. For the resulting “stress state”, the structure is numerically shaped and optimized as an efficient, lightweight structure.

Flexible moveable panels serve as an adaptable acoustic interlayer that allow to optimize the reverberation time for different types of events. When not in use, they can be parked out of sight to allow views into the impressive dome of the Globen. The cable net substructure of the panels is also used as a flexible rigging zone in addition to the new stage rig system.


Project team

schlaich bergermann partner is proud to be part of the international project team that has been commissioned with the development and modernization of Avicii Arena in Stockholm.


  • Legends International (project managers): is a premium experiences company that specialises in delivering holistic solutions for legendary brands. Legends its Global, multi-disciplinary service solutions collaborate on every project to ensure success across each of its verticals. Headquartered in London, together with US colleagues, Legends its experts have delivered over 1,800 innovative solutions across our six verticals. From creating a robust financial model for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, developing retail strategies for the Rio 2016 Olympics, providing award-winning catering at Manchester City, and 360-degree services for The View From The Shard – Legends International deliver it all.
  • HOK (architects): HOK’s Sports + Entertainment practice specialises in the design of arenas, stadiums, ballparks, training facilities and entertainment centres. The group plans and designs world-class sports complexes that are centrepieces of successful, vibrant entertainment districts and communities. Current and recent arena projects include FC Barcelona’s New Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona, Spain; Casal España Arena in Valencia, Spain; Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi; the Footprint Center modernization in Phoenix, Arizona; the renovation of State Farm Arena in Atlanta; and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
  • schlaich bergermann partner (structures): is an internationally renowned structural engineering and consulting firm based in Stuttgart, Germany with expertise in large-scale, long-span, high-rise, sports and entertainment projects which are architecturally and aesthetically pleasing, but also innovative, efficient and lightweight. With a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 members designing and delivering holistic and sustainable solutions, projects of note include many stadium projects for the FIFA World Cups in Korea and Japan, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, and the first fully demountable container stadium for the 2022 World Cup, several club stadiums throughout the world, and various multipurpose arena projects in Europe. The rehabilitation of BC Place Stadium (Canada) or Stadium Maracanã (Brazil), and more recent projects such as Wanda Metropolitano Stadium (Spain), or Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Great Britain), are just a few of these highlights.
  • Ramboll (engineering): Across the world, Ramboll’s 16,000 experts combine local experience with a global knowledge base to create sustainable cities and societies. In this project, Ramboll are leading building services engineers, including, for example, MEP, fire safety, sustainability, and 3D scanning expertise. Ramboll Sweden and Ramboll UK collaborate on this project, delivering enduring and resource-efficient solutions. Previous experience for the Ramboll team include work on the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Tampere Arena, Finland.
  • Efterklang (acoustics): Based in Europe with a team of over 130 engineers with architectural, musical and physics backgrounds, Efterklang is appointed to design the acoustics for the arena. With a long running track record designing sports arenas and live performance venues, they work to optimise the sonic experience of live events by careful design of architectural form, materials and sound systems. Their recent work includes the new Bratislava Congress Center and they have provided acoustic designs for several sports arenas in the Nordics including the Swedish Hockey Stadiums in Skellefteå, Karlstad, and Umeå.
  • Light Bureau (lighting): Having recently completed award-winning lighting projects such as The Twist at Kistefos Museum in Norway, Maggie’s Cancer Care Center in Leeds, and the restoration of the Sammy Ofer Centre in London, Light Bureau has been appointed as the lighting designer at Avicii Arena. Light Bureau is a design studio based in London & Oslo and has a portfolio of projects worldwide that showcase elegance and innovation in lighting.
  • AFRY (cost management): AFRY are a European leader in engineering, design, and advisory services, with a global reach. Since 2017, AFRY has provided cost calculation for the Globe Arena and has a history with the project throughout its lifetime. AFRY has consulted on many of the major stadiums in the Nordic countries including Tele2 Arena and Friends Arena in Stockholm.
  • Movement Strategies (crowd dynamics): Movement Strategies, part of the GHD group of companies, is the world’s leading crowd dynamics consultancy, advising new-build and existing sports and entertainment venues, major events, transport and cultural venues globally. Long term clients include Liverpool Football Club (Anfield), The FA (Wembley Stadium), and AELTC (The Wimbledon Championships).


About Avicii Arena

Avicii Arena, has, since it’s inauguration in 1989, been one of Stockholm’s most iconic buildings. With a volume of 605 000 cubic meters (approximately 2 136 540 cubic feet), this is the world’s largest spherical building. The arena serves as Sweden’s national hockey arena but also hosts a variety of other events and concerts. Through the years some of the world’s biggest artists have graced its main stage: The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Beyoncé, Madonna, and U2 to name a few. The vista from The Skyview, a gondola running along the outside of the structure’s curved wall, offers a spectacular view of southern Stockholm. Avicii Arena has been announced as host for the final of the 2025 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.