Swedish news site 8till5.se is reporting that Malmö has decided to drop out of the 2016 Eurovision host city bidding race as it is fully booked during the required dates to host the event next year.
The Swedish news portal 8till5.se reports that the Malmö Arena is hosting several international events next April/May ( Malmö Redhawks matches, 2 congresses, 2 international concerts and the Apassionata horse show) and will not be free to host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest as the Swedish broadcaster requires the host venue to be free for a total of 4-6 weeks prior to the event. Hereby the city of Malmö has decided to pull out of the 2016 Eurovision host city race.
SVT has invited all the cities/venues interested in hosting the forthcoming Eurovision edition to submit their bids along with their applications. In the next few weeks all the interested parties will send in their application, hereafter SVT will study and evaluate all the submitted bids. The Swedish broadcaster is expected to make an announcement revealing the 2016 Eurovision host city by late July/early August.
So far Stockholm is bidding to host the Eurovision with 3 potential venues the Friends Arena, the Tele 2 Arena and the Ericsson Globen Arena, Sandviken with the Göransson Arena, Goteborg with Scandinavium and Linköping with the SAAB Arena.