The cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have confirmed details of their respective bids to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Eilat are in the running to be the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The bidding process is viewed as a two city race, with Eilat seen as an outsider to be selected as the hosts of next years competition.
Speaking to the Jerusalem Post, the cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have confirmed details of their bids. Jerusalem has submitted a bid to host the Eurovision at the Pais Arena. The Indoor arena which opened in four years ago, seats just over 11,000 people. It will also have space for 1,500 journalists according to the local Municipality.
The Pais Arena beat out the Teddy Stadium as the city’s prefered venue for the competition. The Teddy Stadium would have been able to seat around 30,000 people and be the largest venue for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2011. However the Stadium required the construction of a $3 million roof.
Questions around Jerusalem’s bid have been focused on the issue of rehearsals during Shabbat, a spokeserson for the Municipality commented;
Shabbat is an issue that is relevant in the entire State of Israel, not just in Jerusalem. Therefore it will be discussed with the Eurovision directors.
The Tel Aviv Municipality confirmed that their bid focused on the Tel Aviv Convention Centre. The Convention Centre which is also known as the Fairgrounds, is a complex formed of various pavilions. Pavilion 2 which was completed in 2015 is the cities suggested venue for the competition. It is able to host up to 10,000 people.
Earlier this month the Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv stated that;
Now that the (hosting) criteria have been released and Tel Aviv-Jaffa can officially meet the conditions and host the Eurovision Song Contest, it is clear that this is where competition should take place. Tel Aviv is suitable both in terms of infrastructure, both in terms of number of guests and the possibilities offered them and in terms of being the city cultural center of Israel.
Source: Jerusalem Post