Amsterdam has officially withdrawn from the race to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amersterdam, confirmed the news today in a letter to the city council. According to the letter, the main reason for Amsterdam withdrawing was the lack of available venues. The three possible venues that were put forward, Ziggo Dome, Johan Cruyff Arena and RAI Amsterdam, are all booked for May 2020 and cannot host the contest. AFAS Live, the host venue of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and Eurovision In Concert 2019, was also turned down due to it not being large enough for Eurovision.
The municipality of Amsterdam were also looking into the possibility of holding the event outside in tents. However, this was turned down due to it being too complex to organise and having too many uncertainties to offer an alternative to the Ziggo Dome. Mayor Halsema also wishes the remaining cities the best of luck in preparing their bids. Amsterdam had previously hosted the 1970 contest in RAI Amsterdam.
There are now five cities remaining that have submitted a bit to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. These cities are:
- Den Bosch