The Ukrainian Capital, Kyiv has been announced as the host city for Eurovision 2017, after nearly three months of deliberations.
For the fourth time a Eurovision event will be heading to the Ukrainian Capital Kyiv, with the city set to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Ukraine last hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, while it last hosted Junior Eurovision in 2013. Kyiv has been seen as the front runner to host Eurovision 2017 since they announced they would be interested in hosting the contest just days after Eurovision 2016. Kyiv was announced the winner having received 19 votes for, 2 against and one abstention at a meeting before the announcement.
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Kyiv is home to over 3.3 million people and is located in the north of Ukraine. It is not only the largest city in Ukraine, but the eighth largest city in Europe. The name “Kyiv” is said to derive from the name of one of the cities founders; Kyi who was a Polianian Prince.
For visitors Kyiv is the easiest city in Ukraine to travel to, with the airport served by two international airports. Kyiv Boryspil International annually handles nearly 8 million passengers with flights to cities across Europe, as well as links to New York, Dubai and Bangkok. Kyiv International Airport is served by low fare airlines such as Wizz Air, Vueling and FlyDubai, it serves 22 cities year round.
Kyiv will be hosting the contest at the International Exhibition Center on the banks of the river Dnieper. The IEC was the only venue proposed by any of the six cities that bid to host that did not require any technical upgrades to be performed to the roof of the structure. The IEC will be able to hold between 12,000 and 14,000 fans who will be able to be both seated in stands but also stand in front of the stage. The current proposal is very similar to the setup for the 2015 contest in Vienna, where the floor area was used for standing fans, while the sides had seated stands.
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- IEC will be modernised in appearance for the contest in May, no investment is required to improve the technical capabilities of the IEC.
- Improving the transport links in the area to the IEC, Euroclub and the Eurovision Village.
- Shuttle buses will run between the IEC and Euroclub which is located at the CEC Parkovy.
- Water taxi’s will be running between two terminals near both the IEC and central Kyiv.
- Outside of the IEC, the area will be modernised and feature Eurovision branding.
- Overall Kyiv expects to spend a total of 200 million UAH (Euro 7 million) on the contest.
Euroclub would be located at the CEC Parkovy, the CEC Parkovy is a congress and exhibition center located on the west bank of the Dniper river in the Park Asklodova Mohlya, there will be a shuttle bus in operation to transport fans. Eurovillage has not yet been decided this decision will be made in due course.
Press Conference Comments:
- Dnipro’s issue was the arena, reconstruction work would have needed to be started a number of months ago. One of the problems was also hotels, they had guaranteed that ships would be brought in to accommodate the visitors.
- Odessa was attractive as a host city. During this decision making the issue of covering the arena involved foreign experts, the cost of covering the arena was a stumbling block, especially as the roof would not be important for football games. Odessa’s airport had given guarantees that work would be completed in March, as well as security issues. The breakaway region of Transnistria in Moldova was also a reason for the contest not heading to Odessa.
- Kyiv will spend 200 million Hryvnia on the arena, while 1 billion Hryvnia will be spent on infrastructure and other areas in the city.
- Rivertrams will be a crucial part of the transport system for the contest, these boats will also be used after the contest for the benefit of citizens in Kyiv.
- Euroclub’s location has not yet been confirmed, the venue could be an old helicopter station used by the previous police authorities.
- The budget for the contest will be made up of both Government funding, private sponsorship and funding.
- The EBU will refund the 5 million Euro guarantee to host the contest as long as Ukraine goes ahead and hosts the contest next May.
- The dates of the contest are as follows; Semi Final 1 – May 9, Semi Final 2 – May 11, Final – May 13.
- Sweden will be helping with the organisation of next years contest, representatives from Stockholm’s contest will be in Kyiv next week.
- People who are on the sanctions list in Russia will not be able to attend the contest in Ukraine. Peace is important in Ukraine, those people must speak in a professional way.
Watch the official bid video for Kyiv below: