Friday, October 20, 2006

Globen


Want to watch a hockeygame? No problem in Stockholm where the interest of watching hockey is pretty much rock bottom. In the Globen arena, the largest hemispherical building in the world, more than 11 000 seats were empty when Stockholm teams AIK and Hammarby meet in the second division.
Football (soccer) is the main sport nowadays in the capital of Sweden with one of the biggest clubs AIK football averaging around 21 000. AIK hockey on the other hand draws barely 1 500 a game, 10-15 years ago it was totally different.

Globen is much to blame for this. It´s enormous roof makes it virtually impossible to have a good atmosphere and the cost of playing in the arena is sky high. That and a very strange leaguesystem has made hockey a yawn for many Stockholmers.

Globen by the way you can see in THIS PIC that I actually borrowed from Wikipedia.

4 Comments:

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Per Stromsjo said...

Spectacular buildings are seldom practical and I suppose this is no exception. Outside shot here.

 
At 1:35 AM, Blogger Alex S said...

Nice link! I actually missed getting a good outsideshot of Globen of one main reason to be perfectly honest.

I was really really drunk =)

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger Per Stromsjo said...

That would explain it... =)

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger Kim said...

What an original shot! I don't think I've seen an interior shot of a sports arena before on a city daily photo site, and its such a big part of life for so many (but not me, I'm not a sports fan...). Interesting about the building, too. Hey, was your team doing so poorly that you had to drown your sorrows? :^)
-Kim

 

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