Eurovision 2024: Stockholm’s football teams don’t want to move out for Eurovision!
The first problems regarding the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 have already arisen. Avicii Arena (Globen) is scheduled to be under renovation in 2024 and Stockholm’s football teams are not eager to move out for the Contest.
Stockholm is the favourite city to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year, but three football teams have already cleared out that they won’t move out of their home ground for Eurovision. Avicii Arena that hosted the Contest back in 2000 and in 2016 is scheduled to be under renovation next year, thus leaving Tele2 Arena and Friends Arena as the most viable choices.
Mattis Fri the Chairman of Hammarby’s Men’s team which plays at the Tele2 told Dagens Nyheter that:
“I have no problem with Eurovision, but Tele2 is a football arena and that is what it should primarily be used for. We can’t help but play a quarter of a season just because it’s Eurovision, it’s impossible. Six weeks is a very long period, especially during high season such as April and May.”
Mr Fri explains that moving all three football teams to play out of the same venue is not feasible due to the number of matches and that the natural grass at the Friends Arena could not sustain such intense use. Robert Falck the Chairman of AIK who play at the Friend Arena agrees:
“We have just received the happy news and everything is very new. For Tele2 arena and Friends arena, Eurovision falls in the middle of a football season. We start dialogues about when Eurovision wants to enter in such cases and how we can plan around other events. More than that is hard to say”
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Please be Friends Arena! I know EBU won’t like the size of it but c’mon, Melodifestivalen does just fine and there’ll be plenty of tickets available.
If other venues in the city can’t take it, even more reason for it to be Friends. Loreen wants it to be Stockholm. Eurovision ’24 in Friends Arena is meant to be!
I wish it still can be Avicii Arena. It’s meant to be there.