The Hague has decided to withdraw from the race to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 citing a lack of suitable venue.
The Hague has become the latest city to withdraw from competing to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The city has now stated it will support Rotterdam in its bid to host the 2020 contest.
De Telegraaf reports that the Hague withdrew from the race to host due to the lack of a suitable venue for the contest. Despite the potential economic benefits of hosting the contest, the cost of providing a suitable venue was too high.
The Cars Jeans Stadium which was the proffered venue would have required the construction of a roof. While a large tent at the Malieveld, did not meet the criteria outlined for hosting the competition.
The Hague has now offered the ability to provide accommodation for the contest to Rotterdam. Furthermore it is willing to work to host events as part of the wider two weeks of the contest next year.
How the Bidding Process Works
At he start of June the cities or regions that express interest received a document from the broadcasters which outlined the full criteria that needs to be met should they be selected. This forms the foundation for each interested bid.
Those cities or regions still in the running have four weeks to create their “bid books” which will then need to be submitted at the start of July.
During July, the organisers will then have the option of visiting those cities and regions in the running. Following the assessments, the host city for the 2020 contest will then be chosen with consultation from the EBU. The host city will then be announced during August.
Source: De Telegraaf