Even if the “Eurovision Island” seems to be close to the city of Copenhagen is farer away than you think! The planers of this mega event might thought wisely about putting the Eurovision Song Contest on this rubbish old shipyard area. They wanted to make a “Eurovision Island” out of it, something spectacular.
Until now there is just the arena in the main building and several tents – also named “tent city”. Outside there should come something like an amusement park with beer and fan shops as well as some stages for live music. Who came with the hope of a lovely park with flowers and benches will be disappointed. The rough shipyard look is the main impression here.
Inside of the arena it looks fabulous, a very nice stage, and the light show is magnificent, but outside it’s more than a disappointment, unfortunately.
The major problem everybody is complaining about is the way to and from the island. The organizers have planned shuttle buses to the official “Eurovision hotels”, but the majority of the press and fans do not live there as it’s far too expensive. This leads to empty shuttle busses, which do not pick up people on their long way to the entrance. There is also a normal bus stop, but it’s at least 20 minutes away from the press entrance, no safe footpath more a dusty uneven trail. There are no shuttles been planned to ease the situation.
There is an alternative – the ferryboats. Unfortunately, the original ferry stops have been closed down and everybody needs to travel via the city centre, where it can be very busy during the rush hours. So a trip to Eurovision Island takes you 1.5 – 2 hours depends from where you go. When there are the live shows approximately 11.000 people need to be transported to and from the island. That’s why a lot of people feel a bit lost and uncomfortable here on the island.
The solution could have been so easy, just to deliver more stop points closer to the venue and direct transport to the city centre. This would be an easy thing to do, but if this problem persists the common impression of the press won’t be good.