UPDATE: Withdrawn arena back in the game
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Hammarby CEO, Henrik Kindlund said that Tele2 Arena is not of the race for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 despite the earlier information by regional press. Mr Kindlund said that the option is still on if moving Hammarby move from the arena is found.
THE EARLIER STORY
Despite the information we all received the past few months that Stockholm will be the top bidding host city for Eurovision Song Contest and two of its arenas highly possible to host the next Eurovision edition, information today at Dagens Nyheter caused quite a worry to the organisers and the eurofans of course.
Friends Arena and Tele2 Arena withdrawn their bid for hosting the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Friends Arena are not interested at all and Tele2 cannot book the arena for the period SVT wants which is four to six weeks as football games will be ongoing. The only possible venue for Stockholm is now The Globen arena which hosted the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest.
In the meantime Göteborg enters the hosting race with Scandinavium looking as an ideal option for the contest and Saab Arena in Linköping also entering the bidding game as it can host 11,500 auditors.
Statistically and with the way SVT works it seems that Stockholm already hosted twice the event (1975, 2000), the other bidding city Malmö also two times (1992, 2013) therefore Göteborg is left with one hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest (1985) therefore it seems we are going there, unless Linköping makes the surprise!