Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium—the glorious venue that hosted Eurovision way back in 2001—will not be welcoming us to Denmark in 2014. Boooooo.
Speaking to DR, Anders Hørsholt, a spokesman for Parken Sports and Entertainment, said the stadium must prioritise football over the spangley vortex of Eurovision:
Football is our highest priority and in particular F.C. København will have a busy match program next spring. Therefore we have made this decision even though we really appreciate that many saw us as a suitable venue for Eurovision 2014. We also felt that it was best to research these things in good time and that is what we have done now. Unfortunately the conclusion is that it is not prudent for us to house the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
This means we’re now down to four possibilities for Eurovision 2013.
The Boxen Arena in Herning: Tried and tested, the Boxen in Herning hosted the most recent Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, which, according to press who attended, was totally on point. The obvious drawback is that Herning (not to be confused with the fish herring) is 90km from the nearest inhabitable city (Aarhus). That’s a long commute, y’all.
Fængslet in Horsens: Yes, faengslet is Danish for prison. The innovative Danes have suggested putting a glass roof over a nearby plot of land and holding us captive. More here.
DR Byen in Copenhagen:. If you judge a book by its cover, then DR Byen gets my vote. Pictured here and at top, the throughly modern headquarters of Denmark’s national broadcaster DR includes the 1,800-person Copenhagen Concert Hall. That’s too tiny for Eurovision, so DR says it will erect a massive tent outside. Will they install outdoor potties, too?
K&B-Hallerne in Copenhagen: Seriously: This looks like an abandoned amusement park in some seaside town which has seen better days. But at least said seaside town has ice cream vendors. Opened in 1938, this former sports complex burned down in September 2011. Hosting Eurovision here would be a powerful statement about rejuvenation. Plus it means super-modern digs and a cozy press room. I’m liking the thought of that after living through the windowless box…err, press area…in Mälmo.