Breaking news: Fornebu Arena to host Oslo 2010

Breaking news: Fornebu Arena to host Oslo 2010
Architect's illustration of the Fornebu Arena
Oslo, Norway -

The brand new Fornebu Arena, some 15 minutes from Oslo's city centre, will host the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest on 25, 27 and 29 May next year. Host Broadcaster NRK announced that today. A pre-agreement was signed earlier today by NRK and the stadium, which is situated in Bærum just south of Norway's capital.

It has been clear for some time that the contest will take place within the greater metropolitan area of Oslo. Today the venue became official: The Final, the Semi-Finals and the large numbers of rehearsals, press conferences and other events will take place at Fornebu during May 2010.

"This is a huge and important event. NRK is looking forward to working with Fornebu Arena in a both positive and constructive way during the coming year,"
says the Norwegian Broadcasting Company's Director General, Hans Tore Bjerkaas.

Fornebu Arena is Northern Europe's largest indoor stadium, with a capacity of 15,000 spectators for football matches, and 23,000 for concerts. The arena opened in February 2009, and has since welcomed more than 70,000 visitors for concerts by the likes of AC/DC and Tina Turner.

"An arena for great occasions"

"We believe this is a good solution. Fornebu Arena is constructed to host major events -- and this is definitely a spectacular event. This choice secures superb conditions for the production," says Hasse Lindmo, TV-producer of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest at NRK. "Factors such as size, outdoor space and other production facilities have been important in the decision. It feels great to start summer vacation knowing we have the best possible starting point for the huge job ahead of us."

EBU praises working pace

Last month, a team of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) representatives visited Oslo for a kick-off production meeting with the core 2010 Eurovision Song Contest team of NRK.

"They already filled their key positions, did in-depth research to what it takes to organise this enormous event and they are eager to lay the foundations of the production before summer holidays. I believe NRK made a good choice by picking the Fornebu Arena as location for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. It's brand new, equipped with the latest technologies and seems to meet all requirements to host Europe's favourite TV-show," says Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU.

The EBU Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest will visit the arena in September to formally approve NRK's venue choice.

The 55th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Oslo, Norway, on 25, 27 and 29 May, 2010.

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  • Posted on 12 July 2009 at 23:07

    I HOPE NORWAY BE THE BEST YEAR FOR EUROVİSİON =)) report to the moderator
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  • Posted on 8 July 2009 at 11:18
    I can say good luck to Norway with the hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. But I think that will be very hard to beat the luxury and the perfect organization Russia had this year !!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 July 2009 at 22:13
    nrk is outdated. it was the first norwegian channel. they record things in a format lower than dvd. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 July 2009 at 21:18
    Good luck with hosting the contest Oslo! I'm sure they'll do a great job just like their neighbours did in 2007, but Moscow will be a very hard act to follow as it was superb!


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  • Posted on 6 July 2009 at 20:06
    I hope the 2010 host broadcaster NRK will have the technology in place to record the contest in 1080p50 High Definition instead of the 1080i25 of previous contests. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 July 2009 at 19:48
    A suburb is a town that borders a big city. If you wish for the name on the logo to be changed to Bærum, please e-mail Svante Stokselius, but it's the same as Athens in 2006. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 July 2009 at 09:16
    bærum isnt oslo at all. it is located in a completely different county. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 July 2009 at 20:15
    But Andreas, size and whether it's in Oslo or not doesn't matter. Is Ullevål able to host music events? Is there enough money and time for the owners of Ullevål to add a roof? Is there space for a press centre, dressing rooms, make up areas and relaxation areas?

    Fornebu has hosted large music events in the past, and remember that bigger isn't always better. ESC01 was in a huge stadium and wasn't exactly the biggest success. Eurovision 2006 was held in a suburb of Athens, like Eurovision 2010 will be held in a suburb of Oslo and nobody really cared then, so why should this be any different? Telenor was judged by NRK to be the most suitable venue, and they are the experts. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 July 2009 at 17:51
    Absolutely the right decision!

    I want to be in the first row! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 July 2009 at 13:14
    Ullevaal Stadion supports slightly more than 25000 people.(possibly more if eurovision song contest was held there. it have a partial roof already so they just need to replace it with a full roof.) while telenor arena supports 23000. Ullevaal Stadion is in oslo while telenor arena is in bærum.(bærum have a small city called sandvika. it is located in the county of akershus. it isnt in oslo at all.) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 July 2009 at 09:54
    But Olympiskiy is for 25 000 people:)))))))P report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 July 2009 at 21:38

    A roof is more important than a few extra people when hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. There are also other things to bear in mind such as the technology, place for a press centre and facilities for performers, delegations and voulenteers. The chances of an arena opened in 2009 having these things are bigger than those of an arena opened in 1926 having them. report to the moderator