Right now, the Eurovision team at DR is pondering the different options to host next year’s song contest in Denmark. As always, the capital city comes to mind first but as SVT proved last year there’s a possibility that some smaller city might host the contest as well.
The deadline for cities to enter the host city race passed earlier this week and eventually four cities entered after Aalborg withdrew. Parken is not the only venue in Copenhagen which could host Eurovision, the host broadcaster DR’s headquarter could be the venue if they’d set up a huge tent and an old industrial complex of B&W-Hallerne says they are able to host it. Whether these options are realistic is a good question but at least they are seriously in race. The most tipped venue is, however, Parken which already hosted it in 2001.
How about a prison?
If Eurovision under a huge tent sounds strange then how about a prison in Horsens? The plan is that the courtyard would be decked so that some 13,000 standing places would be available for the spectators.
Herning in Central Denmark is the most popular options according to the poll on the website of DR. The venue for Eurovision would be Boxen, the same arena which hosted the national final this year. Arena’s capacity is 15,000 spectators which is pretty much the same size as Malmö Arena. This is a good option if DR wants to follow the path of SVT and downscale the event, the only issue is a very limited hotel capacity.
An intimate song contest in Fredericia?
And if DR really wants to downscale the event even more than SVT when it comes to the venue, Fredericia is a good option as its convention centre would be able to take up to 8,000 spectators. Transportation and hotel capacity are sufficient, according to the city representatives.
So, all in all DR has several options to choose from and they are all very different. The most unsurprising choice would obviously be Parken in Copenhagen but so was Friends Arena in Stockholm an year ago before SVT finally revealed they had chosen notably smaller Malmö Arena. When the decision is made is still unclear.