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Avicii Arena Ice Size and NHL Global Series Rink Size

By Kapil Sapkota / 22 November 2023 02:46 AM

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Avicii Arena has an Olympic-size ice surface of 200ft x 98ft. The Ice surface of Avicii is 13 ft wider than a typical NHL rink size of 197ft x 85ft.

The NHL hasn't defined a specific size of the rinks for the Global Series events. The NHL franchises travel to international arenas for these events that either follow an Olympic or international standard.

In most cases, the NHL teams have skated in a rink of size 60m x 30m during the Global Series events. Skating at a larger rink can be a bit uncomfortable for the NHL players at the arena.

This is not the first NHL Global Series event at Avicii. Previously in November 2019, the arena hosted two regular-season games between the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning as a part of the NHL Global Series event.

Moreover, the first Global Series took place at the same venue in March 2017. Back then, the arena was known as the Ericsson Globe. The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators competed in the first Global Series.

NHL Global Series Rink Size

The rink size for the NHL Global series has been roughly 200ft × 98ft for most of the time. While at the international arenas, the rink size differs from the standard NHL size.

A standard European ice hockey rink is 60m x 30m or 197ft x 98.5ft. European rinks are slightly shorter in length than the NHL rinks, however, they are considerably wider in breadth than the NHL rinks (85 ft).

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The standard rink size is also the same in the Australian ice hockey arenas as well. However, some of the professional rinks are smaller in size 55m x 25m.

In 2018, Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden hosted the Global Series events. It features an ice rink of 200ft × 98.5ft, which is standard international size.

The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils faced off against each other in Sweden that year.

Another event for 2018 took place at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Two regular season games between the Florida Panthers vs the Winnipeg Jets and the Winnipeg Jets vs the Florida Panthers were played in Helsinki.

Hartwell has a rink of 60m x 30m (197ft x 98 ft). The elliptical arena is now renamed Helsinki Halli.

The 2019 and 2022 NHL Global Series were conducted at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. O2 also comprises an ice rink of international standard.

Nokia Arena in Finland also hosted the part of 2022 Global Series. Two games between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche were played. The arena features a 60m x 28 m (200ft x 92ft) ice rink.

Avicii Arena Rink Size

Avicii Arena features a rink of 200ft x 98ft (60m x 30m). The Olympic-sized ice surface is significantly wider than the standard NHL ice rinks.

The indoor arena represents the Sun in the Sweden Solar System.

The NHL franchises play at regular 197ft x 85ft rinks. With a difference in the size of the rinks, the players surely feel a difference in gameplay at international arenas.

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Avicii is one of the top choices of the NHL for the Global Series events. The arena in Sweden has already hosted three Global Series events.

The building was opened in 1989 as Stockholm Globe Arena. It was renamed Ericsson Globe in 2008. It got its current name in 2021.

With a diameter of 110 metres (360 ft) and an inner height of 85 metres (279 ft), Avicii was the largest spherical building in the world until Sphere at The Venetian Resort opened in July 2023.

The volume of the arena is 605,000 cubic metres.

Avicii Arena Capacity And Seating

Avicii Arena has a seating capacity of 16,500 spectators for shows and concerts. However, the capacity is limited to 13,850 for ice hockey games.

The seating capacity of the venue may be different when adjustments are made to the stage. Also, the position of the stage and the production of the event also alter the capacity of the venue.

A maximum of 17,303 visitors were recorded on the property during Metallica Concert on May 5, 2018.

The seating chart and general map of the Avicii Arena on level A are shown in the following:

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Suites, Premium Club, and VIP Packages are available for guests looking for premium services and facilities at Avicii.

These places provide the best viewing experiences of the events and include exclusive services such as lounges, beverages, comfortable sofas, and many more.

The arena features 40 VIP boxes and a restaurant in the upper area. SkyView is one of the major attractions at Avicii. It takes you up along the outside of the Avicii Arena inside two specially designed glass gondolas.

You can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view from 85 meters up in the sky.

NHL Avicii Arena TV

TV6 broadcasted all four matches of the NHL Global Series from Avicii Arena for the audience in the United States, while the Swedish fans enjoyed the games live on the NHL Network.

The Detroit Red Wings matches were also available on Bally Sports Detroit. The first three games were shown on TSN for the fans in Canada.

Additionally, the games were also available to the following streaming platforms for the fans across the world:

  • ESPN+ and Hulu
  • DIRECTV STREAM
  • TSN+ and Sportsnet+
  • FuboTV
  • Vidgo and YouTube TV
  • SlingTV

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The first Global Series event for the year which carried two preseason games between the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings was available to watch live on ESPN, WBD Sports, and NHL Network in the United States.

9Go delivered the matches live on TV for the NHL fans in Australia. The Nine Network acquired the broadcast rights for both preseason games of the NHL Global Series.

The Nine Network has secured the broadcast rights for both preseason matches, ensuring that fans in Australia can catch all the action.

Likewise, Sportsnet and TVA Sports broadcasted the preseason games of the Global Series live for Canadian fans.

NHL Global Series Schedule 2023-24

The Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden will host the second NHL Global Series event of the 2023-24 season on November 16-19.

The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Minnesota Wild in the first game at Avicii Arena, Stockholm, Sweden. The next matchup was between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here is the detailed schedule of the NHL Global Series for the 2023-24 season:

DateMathups
September 23 & 24Arizona Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings
November 16Detroit Red Wings vs Ottawa Senators
November 17Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings
November 18Minnesota Wild vs Ottawa Senators
November 19Toronto Maple Leafs vs Minnesota Wild

Two Global Series events were planned for the NHL 2023-24 season. The first event was conducted on September 23 & 24 in Melbourne, Australia.

In the first Series, two preseason games between the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings were played at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The Coyotes had a 5-3 victory over the Kings franchise on the first day. A sellout crowd of 13,097 attended the first NHL event of the Southern Hemisphere.

To take sweet revenge for its first defeat in the Global Series, Los Angeles won over Arizona 3-2 on the following day. A crowd of 13,118 witnessed the Kings defeat the Coyotes 3-2 at Rod Laver.

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In the first regular season game of the next round of Global Series events, Tim Stutzle miraculously scored with two seconds remaining in overtime to defeat the Red Wings 5-4.

The captain Brady Tkachuk posted 2 goals. Josh Norris and Jake Sanderson each scored a goal and an assist for Ottawa. The Senators' netminder Joonas Korpisalo made 37 shot saves.

On November 17, the Red Wings were defeated 3-2 by the Leafs. With this loss, the Wings lost both games of the Global Series. William Nylander accumulated a goal and two assists for the Leafs to extend his season-opening point streak to 16 games.

In the third game hosted at Stockholm, Sweden, the Senators had their third straight win game and second victory in Sweden. The Swedish goalie of the Sens, Anton Forsberg stopped 24 shots, including a penalty shot.

Forsberg also made an assist for the Senators in a 2-1 shootout win against the Wild. The last teams to battle in the Global Series for the season were Maple Leafs and the Wild. The match was tied and advanced to overtime play.

Nylander scored a goal for the Leafs in overtime to upset the Leafs franchise. With this loss, Minnesota lost both the games of NHL Global Series 2023.

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