Leeuwarden has dropped out of the race to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands.
Leeuwarden has become the first city to drop out of the official race to host Eurovision 2020. The city which had confirmed it would bid to host, has established that it does not meet the criteria required to host the competition.
The WTC Expo which was the proposed venue for the bid, does not meet the required specifications for a venue. Over the past weekend it was determined that the ceiling height was too low, an issue that was determined to be too costly to remedy.
The city has been thanked by NPO for its interest in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. A spokesperson commented:
The organizing parties hope that Leeuwarden can hold on to this enthusiastic feeling, to turn the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest into a special experience for the whole of the Netherlands.
Leeuwarden is now investigating whether it can setup an outdoors viewing area for the competition. The city will approach NPO, NOS and AVROTROS to understand how it can setup a viewing area for thousands of fans in May 2020.