SVT has this morning announced that the Globen in Stockholm will be the host venue for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
This is the third time that Stockholm has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest the last time being in 2000, furthermore it will be the second time that the Globen has been used as the venue for the contest. The 2016 contest itself will be split among a complex of buildings around the Globen, journalists will be situated in the Hovet venue, while delegations will be placed in the Annex. Furthermore SVT have said that the Tele2 Arena will be incorporated into the final.
Martin Österdahl the Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 said that:
Stockholm has delivered a thorough offer which guarantees that the event once again is taken to the next level
The Mayor of Stockholm, Karin Wanngård added:
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,
The date of the shows next year are as follows:
- Semi Final 1 – May 10
- Semi Final 2 – May 12
- Final – May 14
To date a total of 18 countries are provisionally confirmed as taking part in the 2016 contest, with both Ukraine and Turkey currently set to return.