As any and all Eurovision fans already know, Stockholm will host Eurovision 2016 inside the Globen Arena, the world’s largest spherical building. The Ericsson Globe will stage the three live shows, while surrounding venues, Annexet and Hovet, will provide space for the press room and a delegation area.
But questions linger. On the day of the announcement, SVT’s Martin Österdahl, executive producer for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, revealed that SVT plans to involve the nearby Tele2, the city’s brand new football stadium. “The jewel in the crown is that we can organise an even more powerful experience by incorporating the Tele2 Arena in the Grand Final,” he said.
According to Expressen, SVT will install massive viewing screens inside Tele2. As we wait for the big announcement, we couldn’t help but come up with a few theories of our own.
1. MASSIVE VIEWING ROOM FOR THE PUBLIC
Host broadcasters are all about involving the broader community in Eurovision. Düsseldorf turned a skyscraper into a massive viewing screen back in 2011 and Vienna illuminated a building and set up a Bridge of Fame in 2015. Perhaps SVT will install the huge screens — presumably made by Ericsson — and sell discounted tickets to the public? After all, not everyone wants to splash out on those expensive fan packages…
2. GREEN ROOM
In 2013, when Sweden last hosted the contest, the green room was located outside of the actual arena. That’s why the voting segment was so rushed, and why Emmelie de Forest had to book it back to the main stage before all the points had been announced. IKEA is known for its shuttle buses. Perhaps they’ll inspire SVT to bus contestants between venues?
3. EUROVISION VILLAGE
Eurofans unite! No more live concerts out in the cold and rain (we’re looking at you, Copenhagen). Let’s take the whole Eurovision Village inside the Tele2 Arena. Tele 2 is big enough, it’s right next to the main venue, and most importantly, it’s warm!
It shall be the biggest Euroclub ever built: 60,000 square meters of blank space where the people can party. Bars, disco balls, crazy fan-costumes, lots of drinks, and most importantly, Eurovision music! And, given that it’s a sports stadium, probably some hot dogs too. Mmmmmm. Given the size of the stage, perhaps Melodifestivalen legends like Sanna Nielsen, Charlotte Perrelli and Eric Saade will pop by?
5. EUROVISION FOOTBALL MATCH
One match. Two teams. All countries participating in the first semi on one side, all the countries taking part in the second on the other. And it could be more than just one match, forming a Eurovision Champions League. Måns could be the referee. Shirts versus skins! Okay, not gonna happen, but we can dream?
Tele2 Arena was your favourite venue to host Eurovision 2016. So how do you want producers to use the stadium? Let us know in the comments box below.