We know you’re all dying to know where Eurovision 2016 will take place, but the potential host cities are still working on their bids and SVT is busy pouring over the tempting offers. Like hosting the contest in the igloo community of Örnsköldsvik. Just kidding. Many of you have been really positive about Gothenburg‘s potential selection and its Scandinavium Arena. So let’s take a closer look at the 44-year old venue.
Built in 1971, the Scandinavium was the largest indoor arena in the Nordics at the time. The building‘s most distinct feature is its roof, which conforms nearly perfectly to a hyperbolic paraboloid. With a capacity of 14,000 spectators, it’s hosted a range of events from figure skating championships to ice-hockey matches to the Melodfiestivalen semi-finals to concerts by Iron Maiden and Whitney Houston. The annual Göteborg Horse Show also takes place there. Can you hear them hooving about Eurovision 2016? We can.
Stefan Gadd, head of press at Göteborg & Co, tells Expressen that it would be a dream come true if the contest takes place in Gothenburg: “Imagine the whole of Europe and Australia watching us…it will be a huge commercial for our city.”
So it’s only natural that Gothenburg’s bid has the support of local millionaires. In terms of investors, Percy Nilsson is offering 18.1 million Swedish krona, while two other Swedes are ready to reach into their very deep pockets. Must be funny – in a rich man’s world!
The second largest city in Sweden seems optimistic and it has the right to: the money on offer is enough to renovate the Scandinavium, which may be needed before Eurovision according to Nils Wibergor, CEO of Priority Finance.
They could even build a roof above Ullevi, the city’s multi-purpose football stadium, and temporarily transform it into an indoor arena for Eurovision. But this is needless talk, y’all: The project has already been rejected.
Which takes us back to the Scandinavium — Gothenburg’s timeless arena. Check out these construction photos from back in the day.
What do you think? Do you prefer Tele2 Arena in Stockholm or the Scandinavium in Gothenburg?