The Board of Directors at the Italian public broadcaster RAI will be discussing the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
This afternoon the Board of Directors at RAI will be meeting, with the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 part of the discussions. The meeting will be presided over by the new President of RAI Marinella Soldi, and will cover a number of matters from financial savings and debt management to the bids to host Eurovision 2022.
Domani alle 15:30 la Rai convocherà un CDA per discutere della città italiana che dovrà ospitare l’#Eurovision2022.
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Bidding to Host Eurovision 2022
Across Italy 17 cities, provincial capitals and municipalities are in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Today was the deadline for the potential hosts to submit their bid books to RAI. 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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