RAI has announced that a total of seventeen cities across Italy have submitted bids to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Across Italy 17 cities are now in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. RAI closed the window for bids to host the contest last night and have now revealed the cities, provincial capitals and municipalities vying to host the contest next May. The cities in the running are:
Provincial capitals bidding to host are:
The following municipalities have submitted bids:
- Acireale (Catania)
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
- Jesolo (Venice)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
- Sanremo (Imperia)
The announcement confirms that Verona, Naples and Bari who had all previously expressed an interest in hosting have opted not to progress with a bid. RAI will all the cities that bid the bid book with the necessary requirements to host the contest, these must be submitted by August 4. The Italian broadcaster and EBU will determine the host city by the end of August.
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.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hannes | Source: RAI