The construction of the stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 began today in Ahoy Rotterdam.
Equipment was delivered to Ahoy Rotterdam this morning, officially beginning two weeks of construction. All of the halls in the venue will be put into use for the contest. LED screens and equipment for light and sound will be hung on the roof of the arena.
Jolanda Jansen, director of Ahoy commented:
“The building is used for maximum load-bearing capacity. We are building the largest stage ever seen in the Ahoy. It is amazing, it gives a lot of energy to everyone”.
As previously announced, a maximum of 3,500 people will be allowed to attend each of the shows. All attendees must provide a negative COVID-19 test to be allowed into the venue for the competition. This means that around 4,500 seats in the arena will be empty. Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of Eurovision 2021, explained:
“Around 4,500 seats will be empty but viewers will not notice much of this. The second ring of seats will not be visible, the stage will be far forward and the visitors who are there do not have to worry about staying 1.5 metres apart from everyone. We also think that those 3,500 people can also create a fantastic atmosphere.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on May 18, 20 and 22 in Rotterdam. A total of 39 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Eurovision 2020 was due to be held in Rotterdam after Duncan Laurence gave the Netherlands their first victory since 1975 with the song “Arcade”. After the cancelation of the 2020 contest, it was decided that Rotterdam would host the 2021 contest instead.
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