The manager of Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club has stated that his team is not willing to move out of its home arena to make way for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Hapoel Jerusalem which is based at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem is unwilling to move from its home arena to make way for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Pais Arena is currently the preferred venue for next years contest, having opened in the past four years and being the largest multi-purpose sports arena in Jerusalem.
The manager of the team is concerned by the prospect of having to vacate the Pais Arena for the period of April-May to allow for the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The league in which the team competes within traditionally runs between the start of October and the middle of May, meaning that the contest would conflict with the close of the season.
David Bassan informed Israel Hayom that;
We can settle for two weeks, but a full month – which means five home games in the third round of the league – will be very difficult to get
He went on to explain that they hope to reach a compromise should the Pais Arena be selected;
On the other hand, I believe we will be able to find a solution so that everyone will be happy, maybe part of the time will allow us to continue to play, in parallel with preparations and rehearsals for competition.
Mr Bassan’s proposals however have been questioned by local media, as the ability of the team to continue to hold regular matches at the arena while construction is underway is very unlikely.
The European Broadcasting Union and IPBC are yet to make a decision on which city in Israel will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Source: Israel Hayom