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europop

Hockey clash threatens Stockholm Eurovision

Published söndag 27 maj 2012 kl 10.51
Sweden's Loreen won Eurovision on Saturday night. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Thousands of tourists will flood into Sweden next year for the Eurovision final - but Stockholm will already be full of ice hockey fans, in town for the world cup.

As this year's winner, next year's Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Sweden. Exactly where is not yet decided. Stockholm's biggest arenas are already fully booked.

The Globen Arena will see the ice hockey world cup played out, from the 3rd to the 19th of May. A Eurovision Song Contest final, and the semi-finals, take place on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May, with a lengthy period first for setting up the complex stage and backdrops.

Another option for a Stockholm contest is the Friends Arena in Solna. But hosting Europe's biggest pop event there would make the local football team AIK unable to play at home for half the season, angering thousands of ardent fans.

Eva Hamilton, head of Swedish Television, says to news agency TT that she has not decided where next year's contest will be held, "we will have a meeting on this on Monday, and make a decision then". She says she has not yet ruled out any of Sweden's three biggest cities: Stockhlom, Gothenburg or Malmö.

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