These cities want to host Eurovision 2014

These cities want to host Eurovision 2014
Parken in Copenhagen and Boxen in Herning. Photo: DR
Copenhagen, Denmark -

Just two weeks after Emmelie de Forest won the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark, competition is heating up about who will host next year's competition. Already, 5 cities have shown an interest with Copenhagen and Herning as the forerunners.

We have taken a brief look at each of the candidates to shed some light on their plans for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest should it be held in their towns.

Copenhagen

Denmark's capital and largest city Copenhagen has previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest twice; in 1964 and 2001. Back in 2001 the competition went down in history as the largest ever, when 35,000 people crammed into the Parken Stadium with its newly installed retractable roof. This is a record that no other city since has managed to break.

Now the city once again hopes to host the Eurovision Song Contest and for many fans especially Copenhagen seems to be the natural choice. However, with no real alternative to Parken being available, will hosting the competition in such a large arena be an option when you consider the much smaller scale of this year's competition just down the road in Malmö?'

Herning

The Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning is one of the favourites to host the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The arena is currently Denmark's largest purpose built indoor facility and has room for up to 15,000 people in concert configuration. Relatively new, it hosted the Danish national final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix this year where Emmelie de Forest's journey to Eurovision triumph began.

The town of Herning is itself relatively small and it is unlikely that it will have enough accommodation in its own right to house the delegations, fans and other visitors to the town. However, Denmark's second largest city Århus has thrown its full weight behind Herning's bid to host the competition and has offered the town any assistance it may require.

Aalborg

Denmark's fourth largest city and previous host of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, Aalborg, also has plans to organise the Eurovision Song Contest next year. The city has an impressive track record when it comes to hosting big events and most recently hosted the Danish national final in 2012 where Soluna Samay stormed to victory with Should've Known Better.

If its plans are accepted by DR the competition would be hosted at the Gigantium Arena, which is smaller than the Malmö Arena but still one of the largest in Denmark. Whether or not the requirements for hotel rooms as set by the EBU can be met by the city is yet to be seen.

Fredericia

Not many people outside of Denmark have heard of this small town in Jutland, just over the water from the island of Fyn, and located conveniently on a transport artery stretching all the way from Copenhagen to the German border. According to its mayor it also has the second best hotel coverage in Denmark. Now the city wants to host the Eurovision Song Contest at its large exhibition centre, MesseC with room for 8000 people.

Horsens

This town in Jutland is previously known for hosting the Danish national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and now they want to host Europe's favourite TV show. Their challenge to broadcaster DR is, "think outside the box", something they will have to do if they accept the town's plans for the contest. This is because Horsens wants to host the competition in a decommissioned prison, which now functions as a sports arena. Whether or not their plans are taken up by DR is yet to be seen!

Malmö... again?

This is what some people have suggested. Although DR have said the competition will be held in Denmark some advocate the idea of it returning to the Malmö Arena, located just 30km from Copenhagen over the Øresund Bridge. Could it be an option?

All of the above is, of course, pure speculation. Danmarks Radio (DR) has launched an in-depth evaluation of each option, the results of which will require the approval of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) before a host city can be announced.


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  • Posted on 18 June 2013 at 19:36
    I want it to go to Horsens Prison! Let Denmark make history to be the first country to host in a former prison! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 June 2013 at 15:50
    I think it should be in Copenhagen or herring. Because they are big arenas. A former prison sounds scary. So big arenas r good. So eurovision 2014 herning or Copenhagen. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 June 2013 at 23:51
    [4…]
    Besides, the unparalleled co-existence of the German majority and the Danish minority is considered a sound and healthy symbiosis, setting a good stage for a fruitful togetherness of any multi-ethnic European competition. Thus, Flensburg would just be the right place for staging a cross-cultural event like the 59th ESC in 2014.
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  • Posted on 15 June 2013 at 23:51
    [3…]
    The ESC 2014 event might be organised to be held in the Flens-Arena (formerly "Campushalle"), which has a capacity of 6.500 spectators (a number which probably might be increased to 8.000, if necessary). As earlier ESC events have shown, it’s no requirement to surpass the mark of 10.000 or even 15.000 and more spectators to ensure that the ESC 2014 will become a prosperous and unforgetful event. Success is a matter of quality, not quantity!
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  • Posted on 15 June 2013 at 23:50
    [2…]
    With its almost 100.000 inhabitants, Flensburg is a historically interesting and charming old seaport town with plenty of tourist attractions in the close vicinity. Ever since the 12th century and up to 1864 Flensburg has been one of Denmark’s biggest cities and – figuratively being the gate to Hamburg and the rest of the continent - it was certainly the most important commercial hub under Danish influence. In the 18th century, for example, Europe's first rum, coming all the way from the then Danish West Indies in the Caribbean, had been shipped to Flensburg.
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  • Posted on 15 June 2013 at 23:50
    I would like to make a proposal, which I don't think has been thought of or presented previously:

    Copenhagen has been host city of the European Song Contest (ESC) twice, both in 1964 and in 2001. It's about high time to show some variation! What about conceding the right for staging the venue of next year’s ESC to the city of Flensburg, culturally the capital and beating heart of the Danish national minority in the area of Southern Schleswig (Sydslesvig), at the Danish-German border?
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  • Posted on 15 June 2013 at 17:22
    I think the contest should be held in København in 2014. That way, more fans could go to the contest because there is bigger space in the Parken Stadium. I personally thought Malmö wasn't grand enough, not that Sweden should have spent the same money as Azerbaijan did in Baku. I think as long as DR can make Eurovision 2014 as good and as well produced at Düsseldorf 2011 then they will have done what is required. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 June 2013 at 10:29
    I want Copenhagen to host ESC 2014 :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 June 2013 at 11:52
    In my opinion, Copenhagen would be a great opportunity, as the fans can visit the lovely city and Parken was a great venue back in 2001 when the contest was hold in Denmark. Anyways, in 1964, in Tivolis Koncertsal, the contest was pretty good as well, even if the video was lost. So, yeah, Copenhagen would be great! Good luck to all cities and hope DR will find the best possibility :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 June 2013 at 19:21
    I think the best city would be Copenhagen! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 June 2013 at 06:07
    I believe that Horsen is a good option.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 June 2013 at 21:02
    Κοπεγχάγη - Copenhagen 2014 plz!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 June 2013 at 13:49
    All the above apart from Copenhagen as it was hosted in 2001 there. Be nice to explore other parts of Denmark! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 June 2013 at 16:10
    Am i the only one that wants...United kingdom? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 June 2013 at 23:18
    Copenhagen is the best choise! But, the idea of visiting again Malmo next year sound perfect!!! report to the moderator