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ESC’17: Host City Criteria & Bidding Timeline Announced

Lviv is one of the cities expected to bid
Lviv is one of the cities expected to bid

NTU the Ukrainian national broadcaster has this afternoon released the timeline of the host city selection process as well as the criteria that any city must meet.

The process will be held as follows:

  • June 24-July 8 – Cities are invited to submit their bids to host the contest to NTU, documentation must be emailed by 12:00 local time on July 8 to
  • July 8-15 – The working group of NTU and a representative of the organising committee will be preliminary analyzing the applications.
  • July 18-22 – The cities are invited to present their bids to the working group and organising committee of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The organising committee will select two cities to go through to the final round, these two cities will be communicated to the EBU.
  • July 22-August 1 – The EBU as well as the organising committee will visit the two potential host cities, inspecting the facilities in place and well as the infrastructure.

To be eligible to host the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest the following criteria must be met:

  • Arenas must be able to host at least 7,000 spectators, ideally a venue should have a capacity for 10,000 spectators.
  • Arena must have a covered roof
  • International press center must be provided to accommodate no less than 1,550 journalists from across the world.
  • The host city must have access to a modern international airport which has excellent connections between itself and the city.
  • A venue must be provided that holds at least 3,000 individuals that will cater for the welcoming reception and the farewell events.
  • Cities must provide a social program alongside their bid that must show the hospitality, originality, cultural values and identity of the city and Ukraine.

Source: NTU

2 thoughts on “ESC’17: Host City Criteria & Bidding Timeline Announced”

  1. A modern airport with many international connections.. Seems like Kyiv is the only one that offers this.

    1. Well, Malmö has a smaller airport with only a few connections to Hungary, Poland and around the medeterrainian (wrong spelled?) sea. Still they were able to host, in my opinion, one of the best Eurovisions in ESC history. But of course, Cooenhagen is just over the sound so I guess many passengers went to land there and then took the train to Malmö. The worst thing that can happen is that the delegations will have to do a stopover in another city, most likley Kyiv (which I suspect has a route to Lviv with UIA).

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