Stockholm planning Eurovision hosting bid since March

Officials in Stockholm have been holding meetings about hosting Eurovision 2024 since Loreen won Melfest back in March. 

Sweden will welcome Eurovision for the seventh time next year after Loreen’s triumph in Liverpool last weekend. 

The country’s capital is the frontrunner to host Eurovision next May having last done so successfully in 2016. 

Loreen after winning Eurovision in Liverpool | Image – EBU / Corinne Cumming

Speaking to The Euro Trip, Tobbe Ek, journalist for Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper Aftonbladet, said: “Stockholm is extremely eager to host it. 

“The City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm started having meetings in March when they realised Sweden might actually win this year. 

“They were so proud and very, very satisfied with the setup in 2016. 

“They are very much working for and hoping to bring it back to the capital.” 

When Stockholm hosted in 2016, the Avicii Arena – then known as the Globe Arena – was the chosen venue and could be lined up to welcome Europe again in 2024. 

Inside the Globe Arena during the Eurovision Grand Final in 2016 | Image – EBU

Other possible venues in the capital are the Tele2 Arena, the home ground of top-flight football clubs Djurgårdens and Hammarby, and the Friends Arena which plays host to the Melfest final every year. 

In 2013, the second most recent time Sweden hosted the contest, the country’s third city Malmö was chosen over Stockholm to host Eurovision. 

According to Ek, Malmö will “absolutely” throw its hat into the ring to host again in 2024. 

Örnsköldsvik in the north of Sweden is also expected to bid to host next year after an unsuccessful campaign in 2016.

The city has hosted Melfest heats on and off since its Hägglunds Arena opened in 2007. 

“In 2016 they were quite eager to get it,” Ek said. 

“They might be a small joker in the game, but my bets would still be on Stockholm.” 

Sweden’s second city Gothenburg can be all but ruled out of contention before bidding gets underway. 

Scandinavium in Gothenburg was built more than half a century ago and does not have a ceiling strong enough to support the modern-day requirements of Eurovision. 

“I’m not sure about Gothenburg because they would have to spend a couple of hundred million euros or pounds to build a new arena, and it’s not possible,” Ek said. 

“Swedish legislation wouldn’t make it possible for them to do that in a year.

“The arena that hosts Melfest in Gothenburg cannot host Eurovision because it doesn’t meet the requirements.”

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