Avicii Globe in Stockholm to host 2025 IIHF World Championship final
Games in Stockholm at the 2025 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship, including the final, are expected to take place at the Globe Avicii.
This followed the announcement last month that the Swedish capital would be the main host city during the championships with Herning in Denmark as co-host.
In addition to the final, Stockholm will host all of Sweden’s group matches, two of the quarter-finals, a semi-final and the bronze medal qualifiers.
The Avicii Globe, originally known as the Stockholm Globe Arena when it opened in 1989 and previously as the Ericsson Globe, is the largest spherical building in the world.
It has previously hosted IIHF World Championship matches in 1989 and 1995 and has also been used by a number of the major Swedish ice hockey teams.
It was renamed in honor of the late DJ Avicii in May 2021 and can also serve as a concert hall, hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 and 2016.
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association claimed the decision to select Stockholm followed a thorough selection process after interest from a number of cities.
President Anders Larsson wants the tournament to be known as “the most engaging Ice Hockey World Cup in the world” in 2025.
Herning is to host the matches in one of the groups and two quarter-finals.
The city’s Jyske Boxen Arena also hosted matches of the 2018 World Championship.
Canada are the current holders of the IIHF World Men’s Championship, winning their 27th title in Latvia earlier this year.
Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic are expected to host the next three IIHF World Championships before the event moves to Sweden and Denmark.