Eurovision 2016 – The dust hasn’t even begun to settle on this year’s Song Contest and the rumours and drama about 2016 has already started! The battle to host the 60th Eurovision Song Contest is underway!
Both the Mayor of Stockholm and Gothenburg’s tourist board have recently indicated their desire to host the event. The last Swedish host, Malmö (2013), is unlikley to host again but has not ruled it out. The Expressen newspaper says that SVT opened informal talks with Stockholm venues 1-2 months ago.
Gothenburg had to pull out of the race in 2013 due to a large annual horse show already booked in the city for May, meaning the preferred venue was not free and hotels were already in scarce supply. Interestingly the Gothenburg annual horse show which is normally held in May, has been moved to March in 2016…
Gothenburg’s Liseberg amusement park
Stockholm seems very keen to host, and today’s Swedish newspaper, Expressen, reports that an insider says that Tele2 arena is the favourite.
Friends Arena – The home of the Melodifestivalen final since 2013. Holds a huge 67,5000. Highly unlikely as it was SVT and the EBU in 2013 that said Eurovision needed to downsize back towards the 10,000 audience size.
Tele2 Arena – Multi-purpose stadium for football and concerts with a retractable roof. Could hold up to 45,000 for concerts.Can be configured for small audiences though. Christer Björkman has already said that it is a viable venue.
Ericsson Globe – Formerly the Globe Arena and the old home of Melfest. It can hold 16,000 for shows, and hosted the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest.
Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre – Stockholmsmässan is a rather small venue but played host to the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 1996 and Melodifestivalen 1999.
Swedish Exhibition Centre – The Svenska Mässan is a convention and exhibition centre. It has 41,000 square meters exhibition and congress space and an be configured in different ways. It is in the middle of Scandinavia with the same distance to the three capital cities of Sweden, Denmark and Norway – Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, respectively.
Scandinavium – The venue hosted the 1985 contest and can hold 14,000.
Malmö Arena – Hosted the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and can hold 15,400 people.
The provisional dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 are 10th and 12th May for the semi-finals and May 14th for the Grand Final, however it has already been suggested by Expressen these could move towards the end of May.