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ESC’15: 12 Venues In The Running To Host

Six Venues In Vienna Bidding To Host

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.

Source: ORF

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