Sveriges Radio, Sveriges Radio has reported today that Stockholm has submitted a bid to host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the Globen Arena Complex.
Sveriges Radio reports that Stockholm has applied to host the the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest with the Globen Arena Complex and its potential venues, thus ruling out Friends Arena as a potential venue in the bid. It is yet unclear which of the potential venues will have the honour of hosting the mega event if Stockholm were to win the bid. The Globen Arena Complex has 4 potential venues: the Annexet, the Hovet, the Tele 2 Arena and the Ericsson Globen Arena.
The Globen Arena Complex told ESCToday that it would bid to host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with 2 potential venues: the Tele 2 Arena and the Ericsson Arena.
Earlier this month ESCToday contacted the Globen Arena Complex in Stockholm regarding the 2016 ESC Host city race and Stockholm’s potential bid. The Globen Arena Complex told ESCToday:
We are currently in the initial stage of talks with SVT regarding the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. It is yet early to evaluate and make a decision. We are bidding with 2 venues the Ericsson Globen Arena and the Tele 2 Arena. We are working in close coordination with the City of Stockholm.
Karin Wanngård from the City of Stockholm has commented regarding Stockholm’s ESC 2016 bid:
We have several different arenas in the Globen Arena complex but regarding the exact venue which will host the 2016 ESC, we will have to have further discussions with SVT. We have submitted our application and bid to organize the forthcoming 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
It seems that Stockholm is bidding with 2 potential venues (Tele 2 Arena and the Ericsson Globen Arena) to host the 2016 ESC, whilst it is highly speculated that the other venues and arenas in the complex might house the 2016 Euroclub and the Press Centre if Stockholm is to host the event.
The Globen Arena Complex is well communicated with the city centre of Stockholm and houses various multi- purpose venues and arenas which can house all the Eurovision Song Contest required infrastructure and needs.
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 before 31 August.
So far Stockholm is bidding to host the Eurovision with 2 potential venues in the Globes Complex; the Tele 2 Arena and the Ericsson Globen Arena, Sandviken with the Göransson Arena, Goteborg with Scandinavium, Linköping with the SAAB Arena and Örnsköldsvik with Fjällräven Center.
The preliminary dates for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest have been sent on 10, 12 and 14 May.
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