The highly expected opening of the Malmö press centre has caused a long queue this morning. The technical staff did probably not expect such a crowd before 10am. For all the queuing people there was a second queue to register for a pigeon hole, this is important for receiving messages and press material.
The first impression of the press centre is ok, but probably not the “best one we ever had”. The size of the hall is enormous, like an IKEA storage depot, the decoration is a bit kitschy, it smells like fresh paint and wood and the temperature are quite low. All the small details you will find at a second glance. There is fresh tap water, as Malmö is one of the cleanest cities in the world in regards of sustainability, actually the 5th rank. It’s a bit dark, too, very hard to take good photos inside the press centre. There is another weird Christmas-styled tree park, which provides an optical highlight, beside of all the big screens to follow the rehearsals.
The most striking thing today was the lack of internet access; there were several hours where the internet lines totally collapsed. This has been solved by the technicians in the early afternoon.
For the first time it was possible to enter the arena for the press and fans. The whole arena is a lot smaller than the years before, so it’s also a more intimate feeling inside, with a quite big stage, well visible from all the seats.