Following the confirmation that Sanremo is bidding to host Eurovision 2022, the Mayor has proposed a new venue for the contest.
With seventeen cities and towns vying to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, cities are now working to lock down the details of their bids ahead of the August 4 deadline. In Sanremo the Mayor Alberto Biancheri commented that:
We are aware that many requirements requested by the Eurovision organisation are met by our city, while we have to work on others, thinking in particular of venue.
Sanremo had originally proposed the Teatro Ariston as a venue to host, however, the historic venue fails to meet the EBU’s criteria for capacity for the contest, seating just 2,000 people. As a result of this shortcoming, the Mayor is now proposing the use of the Mercato dei Fiori (Flower Market).
The Flower Market is unlikely to meet the criteria required to host Eurovision but does have past experience hosting the Festival di Sanremo. In 1990 the flower market hosted the competition, at the time it hosted up to 5,000 people alongside an orchestra.
While the likelihood of Sanremo being selected to host Eurovision 2022 is slim, there is still a drive to ensure that it is included with Eurovision in some form:
Our city played a fundamental role in the goal reached by the Måneskin, winners of the Eurovision and therefore protagonists at Eurovision. I thought it right to present the candidacy of Sanremo. If the demonstration were to be held elsewhere, I strongly believe that Sanremo should be involved in some way, either directly by Eurovision, or with collateral events and connections
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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