The deadline for submitting applications to host Eurovision 2015 closed yesterday and ORF the Austrian broadcaster has announced that 12 venues are wishing to host the contest. Vienna has a total of 6 venues in the running to host the contest, five of which would be temporary venues.
The venues in the running are:
- Graz – Stadthalle – Has a capacity of 11,000 people, was one of the venues for the 2010 Men’s Handball Championships.
- Graz – Schwarzl Freizeitzentrum – Venue is 7 km outside of Graz in Unterpremstätten, it has hosted tennis events as well as concerts before in it’s tent like hall.
- Klagenfurt – Wörtherseestadion – Football stadium with a capacity of 32,000 people, the stadium would build a roof to turn it into an arena. Is the largest venue in the running and would signal a return to the large arenas of 2012 and 2011.
- Innsbruck – Olympiaworld – Is a former Olympic Venue, has a capacity of 12,000 people and is second or third in the running behind the Stadthalle in Vienna.
- Oberwart – Messezentum – Oberwart is a small village of 7,000 people and is one of the least likely places to host the contest.
- Vienna – Heldenplatz – Another temporary venue this time outside of the venue the last time Austria hosted the contest back in 1967.
- Vienna – Krieau – Horse racing track, would require the construction of a temporary arena, does have previous experience hosting music concerts.
- Vienna – Schloss Schönbrunn – Outside venue at the foot of the Imperial Palace, a temporary outside venue would have to be built, it seems unlikely this will be selected.
- Vienna – Stadthalle – Is the front runner, capacity of 16,000 people and used to hosting concerts and conventions. The bid will see a temporary extension built for the dressing rooms and press centre.
- Vienna – St. Marx – Is a former market, would require conversion into a venue, however as this year showed conversion of redundant buildings are not out of the question.
- Vienna – Vienna International Airport – The contest would be hosted on the airport grounds, it would most likely be a temporary venue or in a hangar.
- Wels – Messehalle – Is in the small town of Wels, an outside chance that the contest would end up here, the venue has a low capacity.
The announcement of these venues means that Linz, Vorarlberg and Lower Austria all join Salzburg in ruling themselves out of hosting the contest in 2015.