Nearly one month on since they won Eurovision 2023, cities and towns have expressed their interest in hosting Eurovision 2024. Today, the city of Stockholm have revealed that it has officially submitted its expression of interest in hosting next year’s contest.
The main favourite to host Eurovision 2024
As reported by Swedish outlet Aftonbladet, Stockholm has officially submitted its expression of interest in hosting next year’s contest. However, this does comes with some financial requisites.
Stockholm’s finance councillor Karin Wanngård have mentioned that in order for the city to host the event, the costs associated with it must be done in collaboration with SVT, the Swedish Government, the surrounding municipalities, the region as well as sponsors.
In addition to this, Karin also states that the state must take responsibility for the security for the event, but also stated that next year’s contest should be characterised by ‘sustainability and climate awareness’.
Been planning since March
It was also reported that Stockholm has started internally planning for Eurovision 2024 since Loreen won Melodifestivalen 2023. However, the choice of Stockholm is not without its issues. As May falls right in the middle of the football season in Stockholm, with the football teams not wanting to move from Tele2 and Friends Arena, as the Avicii Arena (Globen) will be closed for repairs.
Other cities have expressed interest in hosting Eurovision 2024
As we have previously reported, cities up and down Sweden have already thrown their hat into the ring for hosting the Contest. Malmö – host city for Eurovision 2013 – also showed an interesting in welcoming Eurovision next year.
Similarly, the southwestern city of Gothenburg threw their hat into the ring for taking on the role of host city. The city’s events organiser, Got Events, expressed a clear interest in “wanting to welcome Europe” to the main contending venue – the Scandinavium. However, the arena currently fails to meet the EBU’s requirements for a tall enough roof to provide for the stage lights. In addition to this, the city’s residents currently have mixed reactions to taking on the Contest.
Finally, the northern city of Örnsköldsvik, over 500 kilometres away from the capital, has also shown the potential to submit a bid for hosting the Contest next year. Despite its remote location, the city already has experience in hosting a Eurovision event, hosting several heats for Melodifestivalen in the past ten years in the Hägglund Arena.
Whilst these cities have already expressed an interest in submitting a bid for hosting next year, no specific details regarding the host city have been made public by SVT.
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News Source: Aftonbladet
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