The Ukrainian media is reporting on comments made by the Minister for Culture that Ukraine has no venue capable of meeting the EBU criteria for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.
Mr Yevhen Nyshchuk told local media that Ukraine currently lacks a covered hall that would be suitable for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. He added that proposals to place a roof on the Olympic Stadium would not work, as the roof would not be strong enough to hold the lighting rigs and other equipment for the contest. Mr Nyshchuk added that Lviv are in the process of looking at building a suitable roof over their stadium.
Mr Nyshchuk told the local press that:
It (the arena) is actually required every city, Kyiv particular, there is no such venue that would be suitable for a large forum, congress, theater performance.
The Minister for Culture went on to say that he understands Kyiv is looking at building a brand new arena on the banks of the river Dniper capable of hosting the contest.