HOK selected to design the modernisation of Avicii Arena in Stockholm

Stockholm Globe Arena Fastigheter AB (SGAF) have selected a project team to reimagine Avicii Arena in accordance with previous decisions made by the Stockholm City Council. HOK will be the lead architect for the renovation. They join a team led by project manager and premium experiences company Legends International.

“Avicii Arena is a significant and wonderful landmark in Stockholm and has a long and storied history as a premier destination for concerts, entertainment and hockey,” said John Rhodes, director of Sports + Entertainment at HOK. “We are honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with Legends International and SGAF to infuse the arena with new offerings and energy that will elevate the spectator, athlete and performer experience.”

The venue, which opened in 1989, serves as Sweden’s national hockey arena and hosts diverse events and concerts. The project will ensure that the building remains a destination for major events while enhancing the fan and spectator experience and aiding SGAF in repositioning existing spaces to generate revenue.

“Avicii Arena is an iconic venue, which our team are privileged to be helping SGAF reimagine,” said Martin Jennings, managing director UK & head of global planning for Legends. “We have brought together a great combination of international design and project expertise, combined with local know-how, to help SGAF make Avicii Arena a landmark venue for live entertainment and top-tier ice hockey for years to come.”

“It has been a long and rewarding process, and we feel confident that we, together with our tenant Stockholm Live among others, have procured a very competent team in Legends International. We are looking forward to working up proposals for the Stockholm City Council and begin the development of Avicii Arena,“ said Mats Viker, CEO of SGAF.

In addition to HOK and Legends International, the project team includes schlaich bergermann partner (structural engineering), Ramboll (MEP engineering), Efterklang (acoustics), Light Bureau (lighting), AFRY (cost management) and Movement Strategies (crowd dynamics).

The team is in the process of developing a concept design and the business case for the project. When complete, the concept design will be presented to Stockholm City Council for review and approval.

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