ESC 2014: Parken withdraws from host city race

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Surprisingly Parken Stadium in Copenhagen has decided to withdraw its application and therefore is out of the host city competition. The CEO of Parken says the arena is ‘not convenient for Eurovision next year’.

-We prioritize football the highest, and especially FC Copenhagen will have a busy match schedule for next spring, the CEO Anders Hørsholt comments the reasons behind the decision of rejecting Eurovision.

Parken hosted the contest in 2001 when it was criticized as a too big venue.

Previously also Aalborg and Fredericia withdrew which means that only Herning, Horsens and two venues in Copenhagen are still aiming to get to host the Eurovision Song Contest next May. Boxen in Herning could take up to 15,000 spectators and the venue hosted Dansk Melodi Grand Prix this year. In Copenhagen, 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.

Also a prison in Horsens still wants to host Eurovision. The plan is that the courtyard would be decked so that some 13,000 standing places would be available for the spectators.

SOURCE: Ekstrabladet