How about some mid-day drama? Earlier, wiwibloggs reported that Tele2 Arena, as well as Friends Arena, had both withdrawn from the bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. But is it that easy to deny welcoming thousands of fans, journalists and artists? Well, it turns out the answer is NO.
According to StockholmDirekt, Tele2 Arena have decided to “Undo” its Eurovision 2016 bid withdrawal. The issue was that Swedish football team Hammarby would be playing matches at Tele2 during the ESC time period. Now, the club’s president Henrik Kindlund has clarified earlier remarks and said that it is possible that Hammarby could move away longer from Tele2, in order for the arena to host Eurovision.
Kindlund said that if someone could present an alternative arrangement for the team then he would consider it. Of course, a team moving for Eurovision is nothing weird, y’all. In 2011, German team Fortuna Düsseldorf’s home was transformed into a Eurovison temple. After all, four to six weeks away from home isn’t that much – and absence always makes the heart grow fonder!
So, it seems that Stockholm is well and truly back in the race to host the contest, with Globen still open and Tele2 back on the cards. Let’s keep in mind, though, that Gothenburg, Malmö and Linköping are all also locked in talks with SVT.
What do you think? Will SVT select Sweden’s capital city, or will they prefer a smaller environment again? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter page.