Eurovision will not return to Parken

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The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark will mark a reprise for the Parken Stadion, the venue of the contest in 2001. The company behind Denmark’s national stadium, Parken Sport & Entertainment is withdrawing its bid, it has confirmed.

Parken states the reason for this decision is that the arena will need to be occupied for up to six weeks in order to stage the event and as such Parken cannot do the job. In the interests of the football club F.C. København in particular, and the Danish national football team who plays its home fixtures at Parken, the company are therefore unable to stage the event, according to administrative director of Parken, Anders Hørsholt.

There are still three cities and four venues in the race for the honor of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. These are:

• The Boxen Arena in Herning
• Fængslet in Horsens
• DR Byen (a massive tent at the headquarters of broadcaster DR) in Copenhagen
• K&B-Hallerne in Copenhagen

DR have said they hope to make a decision on the venue by the end of the summer. Currently, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place on the 13th, 15th and 17th of May. We will keep you posted on this matter.