August 4th was the first important date for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest. This was the deadline for submitting the application files of the cities wishing to host the contest next May. Of the 17 cities that initially expressed interest, only 11 finally submitted completed proposals. By the end of this month, RAI and EBU will announce the city that will have the honor, but also the responsibility to host Eurovision 2022!
The 11 cities that submitted their bids are :
- Acireale (Catania)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
- Sanremo (Imperia)
Among them Turin and Bologna seems to be the favorites, while Milano and Rome are the outsiders.
The following cities have been eliminated from the procedure:
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
- Jesolo (Venice)
How the selection works?
The race to host the Eurovision Song Contest has began in July. Candidate cities must have:
- An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.
- Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.
- An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.
Moreover, the potential arena should have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event, be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter, have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production, have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc.
In addition to this, the arena has to be available for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling. Accordingly, fans can start discounting from the bidding process arenas that have scheduled events taking place during the weeks surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest.
Which city do you think will be selected as the host city of Eurovision 2022? Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for all the news regearding the 66th Eurovision Song Contest!