The Eurovision 2020 Committee (NPO / NOS / AVROTROS) completed yesterday its first visit to Maastricht,the first is the two candidate cities for hosting ESC 2020.
The committee, as we wrote in our previous article, had technical meetings with the responsible parts as well as visits to the proposed venues for the contest.
The Eurovision Committee 2020 was welcomed by the Director of MECC MAASTRICHT, Mr. Van de Wiel and ESC Maastricht Project Leader, Ms. Inge Dovermann.
The meeting began with a virtual trip to the MECC, emphasized of course, on the stage created to host the great musical event.
The journalists did not have access to the meetings of the two parties but were given the opportunity to meet the city’s officers and the Eurovision 2020 Committee afterwards.
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer ESC 2020, at the end of the meetings, stated:
« The MECC is a good, fantastic location with many options. You could host a great Eurovision here.
I am pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm in Maastricht. It’s really amazing! »
while, regarding the stage, he said:
« In terms of height, width and depth, the MECC hall is reminiscent of the venues in Kiev and Tel Aviv. This makes it challenging! They really want to have the contest here in Maastricht.
In both cities we look at the suitability of the location, what the city itself contributes and which accommodations are available. Rotterdam and Maastricht both meet these three points ».
Finally, Mr. Van de Wiel, MECC Director,said:
« They wanted us to move the stage a little, because the logistics around the stage are much bigger. So we have to go back to the drawing table ».
We are expecting tomorrow the Committee’s impressions from its meetings in Rotterdam!