Parken picks soccer over Eurovision
Since Emmelie de Forest’s win for Denmark in May, Parken has been considered to be the frontrunner to host next years contest.
However, in a surprising development, the venue of the 2001 contest has pulled itself from the hosting race. Anders Hørsholt, the head of Parken Sport and Entertainment, said in a press release today, “Unfortunately our conclusion is that it won’t be possible for Parken to host Eurovision Song Contest next year.”
The press release also mentioned that there had been a large evolution of Eurovision over the years, and this became the main factor of being unable to repeat a successful hosting. Also, the six weeks of preparations needed for Eurovision would be simply too much for the soccer teams to sacrifice. “Parken is the national stadium of Denmark, which means we need to be available to both F.C. Copenhagen and the national soccer team. We prioritize soccer and F.C. Copenhagen will have a busy schedule next spring,” Hørsholt continued.
With Parken out of the bidding race, Copenhagen is left with two venues in its official bid: The B&W shipbuilding halls and DR City with a massive tent. The host city and venue is expected to be announced sometime in the early fall.
Source: Parken Sport and Entertainment A/S