Preliminary plans have been revealed to make the Teddy Stadium a suitable venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Plans have been drawn up for the currently open air Teddy Stadium to have a roof installed to make it eligible to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. The drawings which were revealed today would see the a roof added between the existing covered seating, which would enclose the entire stadium. Construction would take between four to five months and cost $9 million in total to complete. The roof alone which would be constructed over the stadium is stated to cost $3.1 million.
The plans were drawn up by DS Construction, an Israeli company on their own initiative and have to date not been approached by local Government or the Israeli broadcaster about their plans. Should IPBC and the Municipality of Jerusalem opt for the Teddy Stadium, the venue would be able to seat around 30,000 people and be the largest venue for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2011.
The Municipality of Jerusalem and the Israeli national broadcaster have already started to discuss their plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Both the broadcaster and local Government will be meeting with the European Broadcasting Union in the coming days to discuss their preliminary plans for the competition.
The Municipality said in a statement that;
We see great importance in holding the event in the city and are preparing to do so in cooperation with the government on a wide range of issues – both in terms of the location of the event, in tourism and in the public relations aspect – in order to expose Jerusalem’s beautiful and varied face to every home in the world.
The Municipality confirmed that the Teddy Stadium and Pais Arena are the two venues being discussed to host next years Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.