Next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in Stockholm, it has been confirmed by Eurovision.tv. Additionally it has been confirmed that the shows will in fact take place on the preliminary dates as announced by the EBU last May; with Semifinal one on May 10th, Semifinal two on May 12th and the Grand Final on May 14th.
After Måns Zelmerlöw’s win last May, Swedish broadcaster SVT worked quickly in order to secure a venue and host city for next year’s contest. “Stockholm has delivered a thorough offer which guarantees that the event once again is taken to the next level”, said Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
The agreement between Stockholm City and SVT will cover both the hosting logistics and the TV production of the show. The city of Stockholm will take care of the festivities for attending delegations, press and fans. Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm, commented “to be the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest gives us the opportunity to reinforce and stimulate the involvement which the music creates for people in Stockholm and all that will travel here to take part of the Swedish musical wonder”.
Globe Arena previously hosted the contest back in 2000, and has a regular capacity between 14,000 and 16,000 spectators. The seating, and therefore ticket allocation, will be determined at a later stage for each of the three live shows.
The press centre is planned to be located at the Hovet venue, with the delegations welcomed at the Annex.