The Friends Arena and Tele2 Arena in Stockholm which had been favourites to host next years Eurovision Song Contest have withdrawn from hosting the contest.
The announcement now means that Globen is the only venue left in the running in Stockholm. Both of the venues pulled out from the race to host the contest due to the need for the venue to be free for 6-4 weeks before the contest. Both arenas already have contracts with football clubs AIK, Durgården and Hammarby to act as their home stadium, which would have meant the teams having to either delay matches or find another venue.
The only venues across Sweden left in the running according to Expressen are:
- Stockholm – The Globen
- Gothenburg – Scandinavium
- Linköping – Saab Arena
SVT are expected to make a decision on the host city in August.