The municipality of Arnhem wishes to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 at the GelreDome.
Cities across the Netherlands are already expressing their interest in hosting the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Arnhem has stated that it is interested in and wishes to host next years contest, following Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv, Israel. The city released a press statement saying that:
We must seriously investigate whether it is feasible in terms of investments, facilities and logistics. We will certainly have to tackle that together with the region
Arnhem has stated that if it were to bid for the competition, that the GelreDome would be one of the potential venues. The GelreDome was completed in 1998 and can hold up to 41,000 people. The football stadium previously hosted Euro 2000 matches as well as UEFA 21 2007 matches.
The interest has the support of the regional tourist board who added:
Very good if Arnhem applies. It also fits nicely in the line to profile Amsterdam abroad less and other regions more.
Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Arcade”. After 44 years of waiting the Netherlands took victory scoring a total of 492 points.
Who is Duncan Laurence?
Duncan Laurence is originally from Spijkenisse, born in 1994. This year he graduated from the Rock Academy in Tilburg where he studied to become a singer-songwriter as well as music producer. He has also spent time previously in London and Stockholm writing music. He was internally selected in January by the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the nation in the 2019 contest.
Source: De Gelderlander
The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 2019. Prior to Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv, the Netherlands had been waiting 44 years for their next victory. Duncan Laurence won the contest in Israel with the song “Arcade”.