After much speculation and bids from cities around Sweden, Stockholm has officially been named as the host city of Eurovision 2016. All three shows will be held in the Globe Arena, which previously hosted Eurovision in 2000. The competition dates have also been confirmed, with the semi-finals scheduled for 10 and 12 May and the grand final on 14 May.

The Ericcson Globe Arena has a concert capacity of 14,000 to 16,000 – around the same size as Malmö Arena – though the final capacity for Eurovision is yet to be confirmed. As well as previously hosting Eurovision, the Globe hosted the final of Melodifestivalen from 2002 until 2012, before the new Friends Arena took over. The Globe is also a popular concert venue, recently hosting shows by Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

The press centre will he housed in the adjacent Hovet Arena, while the delegations will have spaces in the adjoining Annex.

annexete ericsson globe hovet stockholm eurovision 2016 names

The adjacent Tele2 arena was a popular venue amongst wiwibloggs readers, with 57.67% selecting it as their preferred venue in our poll. However, existing football hosting commitments meant it was unavailable to host Eurovision, though Eurovision 2016 executive producer Martin Österdahl has suggested that Tele2 will somehow be incorporated in the grand final.

Swedish broadcaster SVT will be responsible for all aspects of the television production, while Stockholm City will take care of logistics, festivities, fans and media.

Eurovision 2000 grand final opening

https://youtu.be/vb-07BeZLCk

Melodifestivalen 2012 grand final opening

What do you think of Stockholm and the Globe Arena as the home of Eurovision 2016? Leave your comments below!

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Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

Awful? It’s brilliant. Like a golfball. Iconic.

Blah
Blah
5 years ago

Why not. I mean, it sure looks pretty awful from the outside. But they’ll surely managed to do something great with the inside.

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

@Mario
Dont mention it, bullying just annoys me 🙂 At least your not letting it get you down 🙂 Enjoy your day 🙂

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

@ Darren…
Well thanks for defending me…
Yesterday with all these ugly replies my mood was ruined & i felt negativity..
Of course it wasn’t the first time that this happened..
Its just pity for all these that are expressing this annoyance towards me..
Anyway…Im gonna move on & not let them affect me that much..

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

Well done, SVT. Absolutely the best choice. Thank you for displaying common sense and pragmatism, unlike the 57% of voters here who apparently would’ve liked the Tele2. Congratulations!

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

Guys you really need to give Mario a break on here, the amount of derogatory comments I see on this site attacking him in some way are not right. He is entitled to comment here just as much as any of us. I know my comment is off topic, but I just feel something needs to be sad, I see constant negative remarks made here about him. Other people come on here and say much worse and more offensive things then he does and nothing ever gets said to them. Eurovision is about music, but it is also about tolerance,… Read more »

George
5 years ago

If it was not Tele2 it should be Gothenburg. Anyways, good luck with trying to create a spectacular show ,but wait !!! you should make profits so screw spectacular show and use rice paper from IKEA as a background, instead of LED.

Will Fran
Will Fran
5 years ago

Excellent choice! I prefer arenas over stadiums, gives us a degree of intimacy but is still plenty big enough. Globen is much taller than most arenas so that gives it the scale!
Gothenburg would have been nice

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

Globe is the most famous arena of EuroVision i guess..
Except the fact that it hosted the EuroVision of the new Millenium 2000 it hosted the final of all Melodifestivalens 2002-2013..

Many super stars have done their live concerts in Globe..
The European MTV awards of 2000 were hosted in Globe..

Isaac
Isaac
5 years ago

My favourite was Scandinavium Gothenburg but this was my 2nd choice. Not bad….

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

Well i expect overall Globen’s Vision to be better than Malmo in how many aspects but in the main feeling & atmosphere it will be hard to beat Malmo.. Every Vision is special & unique.. I loved the beautiful location of the arena next to the sea last year in Copenhagen’s Vision.. This year i felt vividly Vienna’s Vision…I lived to big degree the acts…And the performances were really good…Overall the level of the songs was very descent…Almost all of the songs were not bad at all.. In a separate EuroVision edition contest you will witness something good that not… Read more »

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

@ Alex
Malmo’s Arena capacity is 15,500 for the record…You can go check in wikipedia to see for yourself..

Mainly all the eurofans were praising Malmo’s Vision with either saying that it was the best-great-or just good enough & you stating though that it was just a disaster(!?) makes you to belong to a tiny minority i guess..

Malmo’s EuroVision was OVERALL better than Copenhagen’s last year & even this year’s Vienna’s at least on certain aspects..
And compared with the previous Visions of the past Malmo’s EuroVision really stands out as one of its kind .. <3

Alison
Alison
5 years ago

Should be good 🙂 Bigger is not always better!

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

The Ericcson Globe Arena has a concert capacity of 14,000 to 16,000 – around the same size as Malmö Arena–> no Malmo Arena is much smaller.

I hope they will prepare a big show next year, Malmo 2013 was a disaster. Only the host saved it.

I thought Tele2 Arena would host the show but anyway… Globen again? It’s a pity.. at least it’s gonna be better than Malmo.

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

@ Yahel
Sorry to hear that about your brother though..
If you were in such mental sttae then you should just chill out & avoid this..
All this fuzz is created when people like you post your ugly replies about me and then i respond back with ugly way too & you make me to go out of line..
I really can’t stand that..
Anyway..

Yahel
Yahel
5 years ago

Hey I am sorry Mario…. I had a really bad day so I had to vent it out on someone… My older brother Mikhail killed himself …

random.sage2.0
5 years ago

I dreamed of Gothenburg

But the Globe was my 2nd!

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

You will all do just great if you don’t pay attention to me & just ignore my presence here..
Its all YOU only that cause all this drama here with all these nasty ugly replies to me..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh_P1JQiO8U

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

@ Yahel
Well how dare you…Just shut the f**k up and mind your own business loser..

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

Linkoping forever ;(

WTF
WTF
5 years ago

@Jerome: Are you for real?

Jerome
Jerome
5 years ago

Assuming that Melodifestivalen 2016 finals will be in Friends Arena, as usual, I think I’m okay with this. Melodifestivalen is better than Eurovision, so why not give them the best arena they have.

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

@ And what because im gay & you comparing me as one?
Face me as a person individual & not homosexual..
Im european too…So do i bring shame to all europeans?
Im white too…So do i bring shame to all white people?
So enough with your idiotic nonsense..
I’m sure that all gays are fine..

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

@ Davve
Well im really doing my best 4 this..
Go f*ck you please..

Mario
Mario
5 years ago

I had thought my self that Goteborg had significant much chances to get chosen & win the bid indeed…But anyway…I’m really satisfied about the Globen of Stockholm.. 🙂

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

yay i’m statisfied with this! 🙂 i think stockholm will do a wonderful job in hosting already excited!

davve
davve
5 years ago

Mario brings shame to all gay men out there…

davve
davve
5 years ago

I think it will be a great hosting arena

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
5 years ago

I would have preferred Göteborg as I’m quite sick of seeing capitals hosting Eurovision (from 2000 just 3 times Eurovision was held in a non-capital city), but anyway Stockholm is a great city and Swedes always do a good job, so I trust that the next Eurovision will be as great as 2013 (even better maybe).

Mario ~ So Its Stockholm!
Mario ~ So Its Stockholm!
5 years ago

I prefer Stockholm over other small towns…Except if it was Goteborg..
There would be no enough hotels accomodation to welcome all these too many eurofans..
And they wouldn’t have too many places to go & many things to do in not big towns like Stockholm,Goteborg,Malmo..

In Stockholm you can do anything! <3
Too many gay clubs/bars & gay scene 4 all the gay eurofans that will be there next May! <3
Wish i was there! <3

Mario ~ We Will Gonna Have The Sequel of Malmo's Vision Part II ! :)
Mario ~ We Will Gonna Have The Sequel of Malmo's Vision Part II ! :)
5 years ago

@ Robyn
I was rooting 4 Örnsköldsvik’s Arena as well…The fact that it was next to the sea made it ideal bid choice…
But i can see why it didn’t won the bid…Several reasons 4 that..
But Globen is great choice…I prefer it more than Tele2 Arena..

Get prepared 4 the sequel of Malmo’s Vision… <3 I see it this way 🙂
Possibly Denmark can win again next year! 🙂
We will have a deja vu indeed 🙂

Zac
Zac
5 years ago

I always support the smaller cities in Eurovision bidding, so half of me isn’t that happy, however Stockholm should do a great job hosting!

Garcia
Garcia
5 years ago

I really wanted to go to Tele2 but atleast we are in Stockholm and not in Linkopig or whatever… GO SVERIGE!!!

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

RIP Örnsköldsvik :'(

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

I am so happy about this!! The Capital and largest city of Sweden should host! SVT are definitely going to make up for 2013 this time around. Looking forward to this
Was a little worried that we would end up in some tiny little Eskimo village up in the Arctic, so this worked out well. I dont think small country’s should bid for Eurovision anyway, I think if a country like Sweden, Austria or Ireland win, Eurovision should just go their biggest city.

escaus
escaus
5 years ago

I really wanted the Tele2 but globen’s awesome as well, great job Sverige can’t wait 😀 The opening sequence of 2000 seemed so classy and cool, also contemporary in 2013, let’s see what you guys can do next year! I also hope Australia gets to come back, the reciprocated 12 points between Sweden and Australia built such a strong bridge, knowing some Swedish people makes me sure that we may make our way across to Stockholm to see you friendly people 🙂

Mario ~ See You Guys In Stockholm's Globen Arena Next Year 4 The 61st Vision of 2016! :)
Mario ~ See You Guys In Stockholm's Globen Arena Next Year 4 The 61st Vision of 2016! :)
5 years ago

With this limited capacity of spectators this means that it will be fierce fight 4 the eurofans to get a ticket!
And considering that in a country like Sweden the interest 4 EuroVision is rather high then many thousands of Swedes will want to go & be inside the globen arena on the night of 14 May! <3
Mostly the organized OGAE fun clubs & the Swedes eurofans will be lucky enough to grab a seat in Globen!
I would really wanna be there next May! <3
IF ONLY! <3

Deniz
Deniz
5 years ago

Yeah! Great choice.

Mario ~ See You Guys In Stockholm's Globen Arena Next Year 4 The 61st Vision of 2016! :)
Mario ~ See You Guys In Stockholm's Globen Arena Next Year 4 The 61st Vision of 2016! :)
5 years ago

The Final of EuroVision that was hosted in Globen Arena back in 2000 took place on 13 May when the upcoming EuroVision of 2016 will take place only day later on 14 May! 🙂

Mathias (From Sweden)
Mathias (From Sweden)
5 years ago

I’m excited now!
Now I can finally attend my first ESC (If I manage to get tickets of course)

Mario ~ See You Guys In Stockholm's Globen Arena Next Year 4 The 61st Vision of 2016! :)
Mario ~ See You Guys In Stockholm's Globen Arena Next Year 4 The 61st Vision of 2016! :)
5 years ago

So we got the big GreAtY Winner of the bid to host next year’s Vision..! 🙂

Stocklholm & Globen Arena will be the place / stadium that will have the honour & pride to host the upcoming 61st EuroVision 2016! <3 😀

Now we know where are we going next so its official! 🙂
See you there next year's May! <3 🙂

EUPHORIA
EUPHORIA
5 years ago

Awww we f*cked up again 🙂

Hollandique
5 years ago

Great choice! Visited Stockholm in April and went on that little bubble on the outside of the areena. Much fun.