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.
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
Melodifestivalen 2012 grand final opening
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