Local organisations in Naples have criticised the city for not submitting a bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Although Naples originally indicated its interest in hosting Eurovision, Naples did not appear in the list of cities that officially submitted a bid. Riccardo Guarino, president of the Naples Renaissance Association, voiced his criticism:
“This is a missed opportunity. Yet another, unfortunately, due to an administration that has shown again that it does not love Naples and is unable to seize the best opportunities to give it the stage it deserves.
“The Naples Renaissance Association has launched several campaigns for Naples to submit a bid but no one listened to us. I am disappointed that this city can be treated so badly. In recent months, any mention of tourism has disappeared from the political agenda. This new administration will have to seriously work in this sector, entrusting care to its people to seize opportunities like this because they represent great tourism relaunch opportunities that we can no longer afford to miss. The Association has drawn up a program for culture and tourism and we are ready to do our part.”
Guarino, alongside the Naples Renaissance Association, has also called for the resignation of the mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris and his administration:
“We ask for the registration of a mayor who has mismanaged and not thought about the city for ten months. Luigi de Magistris, after yet another mistake made by your administration, prove you have some dignity and set Naples free.”
Naples previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 after Italy’s first win the previous year.
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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