Copenhagen did have 3 proposals to host Eurovision 2014 – Not anymore as Parken Stadium have today ruled themselves out for the honor of hosting Eurovision 2014. Is Danish Broadcaster DR just playing with us now and creating mass free PR with this speculation. Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Well we all came out of the Malmo Arena on May 18th to see a big poster (See Above) – claiming to be from DR – welcoming everyone to Copenhagen in 2014. Members of the Eurovision Jury I give you Exhibit A
We then had 5 potential bids on the table and then Aalborg dropped out closely followed by Frederica. DR.DK – The official Broadcasters website then said that Copenhagen had submitted 3 venue bids – Parken, Bella Center and Ballerup Super Arena. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Eurovision Jury I give you Exhibit B
Only a couple of hours later DR.DK retracted their statement and said that the Copenhagen bid was indeed centered on 3 venues – Parken, and then 2 open aired sites at DR. Byen and the B & W halls, where a giant Tent structure would be the possible host of Eurovision 2014.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Eurovision Jury I give you Exhibit C
Exhibit D – Now in a twist of fate – the CEO of Parken Stadium – Anders Hørsholt – has withdrawn Parken from being a venue for consideration for Eurovision 2014 due to potential football commitments to FC Copenhagen and The Danish National Team. In an article in Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet Mr Hørsholt said
“the conclusion is that it is not convenient for Parken to house Eurovision next year. And we would like to announce in advance so we do not waste anyone’s time to prepare the best Grand Prix of Denmark. Parken is Denmark’s national stadium, and it means that there is a great interest to hold several different great and exciting experiences for our many different customers. Both FC Copenhagen and the Danish national team belongs in Parken, and be able to play football here. Like many of the world’s greatest musicians must be able to offer their fans welcome here. We prioritize football the highest, and especially FC Copenhagen will have a busy match schedule for next spring. Therefore, we have taken this decision, although we appreciate that many see us as a good framework for MGP 2014. But we choose therefore to want the best for the event in a different backdrop.”
Bella Center Copenhagen
Well we checked the official website of the Bela Center in Copenhagen and they have no events penned in for the Grand Hall for 2014 as of yet – and remember that they already hosted the European MTV Awards. Consider this a good alternative if the Copenhagen Committee want to keep their chances of hosting Eurovision 2014 alive.
No Parken Stadium – Who is happy now?
Herning and Horsens must be jumping for joy at the news that Parken is not available for the Eurovision 2014 bid. DR must also be enjoying this much speculation as it is generating enormous free PR for the broadcaster – and it is still just a little under 11 months to the actual contest and we have a Eurovision Contest of sorts already on our hands! “Who and Where will be the host of Eurovision 2014?”
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source – Ekstra Bladet, ESC Xtra and Eurovision Ireland.