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Global Series postcard: Ericsson Globe

NHL.com columnist Nicholas J. Cotsonika rides to top of Stockholm's iconic arena

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

I'm on top of the world in Stockholm.

Well, the globe.

Well, Ericsson Globe.

The world's largest spherical building is the arena where the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning will play in the 2019 NHL Global Series on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV) and Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV).

 

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White, with a diameter of 361 feet, the building looks like a huge golf ball amid a development of offices, stores, restaurants and other sports venues. It opened in 1989 and added an attraction called SkyView in 2010.

Spherical glass gondolas slowly curve up one side of the building on rails on a reinforced roof, carrying visitors to the top, where they can take in a 360-degree view of the city. A ride costs about $12 dollars U.S. and takes about 20 minutes.

I came out of Sabres practice and tried SkyView at 3:40 p.m. local time Wednesday. Just as the sun went down, I went up, up and up until finally I reached the summit, standing almost 300 feet directly above the ice below.

Placards helped me find places like Djurgarden, an island with parks and museums, and Gamla stan, the old town of Stockholm.

Too soon, we had to turn around, and I was feeling down.

Video: Cotsonika takes a ride on the SkyView Stockholm

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