Bologna has submitted its bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the Unipol Arena proposed as the venue.
Three cities are now in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Bologna has this morning submitted its bid to the Italian broadcaster RAI, with the bid backed by Mayor Virginio Merola and the President of Emilia-Romagna Stefano Bonaccini.
According to the Bologna bid details, the provisional date for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is May 14, meaning the contest would be held across the first two weeks of May. The proposed venue is the Unipol Arena.
The Unipol Arena was opened in 1993 and is located in Casalecchio di Reno, 12km from Bologna itself. The venue has hosted many sporting and entertainment events. It has a capacity of 20,000 for concerts. The city of Bologna also meets the other hosting requirements laid down by RAI and the EBU, namely sufficient hotel rooms (12,800 rooms) and an international airport within one hour of the city (Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, seven minutes from the city centre).
Bidding to Host Eurovision
In order to be considered as a host city, the potential city and venue must meet certain criteria. Any potential host city must have:
- An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.
- Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.
- An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.
Any potential venue must:
- Be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter;
- Have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event (which corresponds to 70% of maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, taking into consideration the specific stage and production needs of the Eurovision Song Contest);
- Have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production (this includes good specifications of load capacity in the roof, clearance to low beams, easy load in access, etc);
- Have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc;
- Be available exclusively for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.
Any interested cities must present their bid in a Bid Book and send it to Rai by Monday 12 July at 23:59 CEST. RAI and the EBU will then review all of the Bid Books over the summer and from them, they will choose the host city of Eurovision 2022.
Cities in the Running
The following cities have submitted their bids to host the contest:
The following cities have already seen local politicians express an interest in being a host city:
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: Il Resto del Carlino – Bologna
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest three times, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 2021. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on eight occasions.