The city of Trieste is one of the 17 cities bidding to host Eurovision 2022 but does not have a venue that meets the requirements.
The city of Trieste is one of the 17 cities across Italy bidding for the rights to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 However, Trieste does not have a venue that meets the requirements outlined by RAI and the EBU. Trieste Prima contacted a number of persons working in the events industry that confirmed the lack of a suitable venue in Trieste.
The bidding city has no venue that can hold at least 8000 viewers or even with 18m of height between the floor and the roof of the structure. The only indoor arena is the PalaTrieste which holds just under 7000 seated viewers and opened in 1999. The Stadio Nereo Rocco is an outdoor 24,500 seated football arena and was renovated in 2018. The outdoor arena has covered seating but would need a roof to added to meet RAI needs. The PalaTrieste and Stadio Nereo Rocco are located next to each other, meaning the PalaTrieste could be used as a press centre should a roof be added to the Stadio Nereo Rocco.
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.
Of the 17 cities bidding only Milan, Turin and Bologna have all the venue and city infrastructure that RAI is demanding met. The remaining cities would need to upgrade venues and infrastructure to met RAI’s demanded. Highlights of these requirements include a venue with an 18m high roof that can support a large load and hold at least 8000 viewers. While the host city must be in easy reach of an airport and have over 2,000 hotel rooms.
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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