The Deputy Mayor of Palazzolo Acreide has defended his town’s bid to host Eurovision 2022.
Palazzolo Acreide is a town of over 8,000 inhabitants in the south of Sicily. The Deputy Mayor of the town, Maurizio Aiello, has outlined his vision for the bid:
“We believe we can host the contest and we are ready to get to work. We have a vision and we will propose it to RAI which will have the final choice. I can’t reveal much, but ours is a widespread program throughout the region. It is clear that Palazzolo alone could not do everything, so we look to work with other cities such as Syracuse, Noto, Avola and Ferla.”
“With the classical theater festival for young people over two years, we managed to sell over 5 thousand tickets. Why shouldn’t we be able to repeat the experience with Eurovision? Fontanarossa Airport falls within the required distance for RAI. We are proposing the Palazzetto dello Sport as the venue. We have the venue free for the required time. For now, don’t ask me more. We will put everything in black and white in the bid that we will send to RAI.”
Bidding to Host Eurovision 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)
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 the 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.
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