Sweden – The deadline to apply for the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 ended today. Stockholm’s Friends Arena (picture), Malmö Arena and Gothenburg’s Scandinavium all submitted their bids in time. However, poplight.se reports today that Gothenburg has apparently withdrawn its bit, leaving Stockholm and Malmö in the running. Due to a horse race, Gothenburg could not provide the arena for the time needed for the rehearsals.
The factors speaking for Stockholm are the big and modern arena, hotel capacities and a lot of possible touristic activities. However, the Ice Hockey championship will end the weekend before Eurovision week, which may cause problems with hotel capacities. Malmö is a smaller city and very close to Copenhagen. Some argue that the Swedish tourist board will opt against Malmö as many people may book hotels and thus spent their money in Copenhagen. Furthermore the arena is considerably smaller than the Friends Arena.
Source= poplight.se and escXtra.com