A total of 11 cities remain in contention to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
The Board of Directors of RAI met yesterday to discuss various issues, such as financial savings, debt management and picking the host city of Eurovision 2022. The meeting was presided over by Marinella Soldi, the new President of RAI. During the meeting, the initial list of 17 bids was reduced to 11.
The 11 cities that remain in contention to host Eurovision 2022 are:
- Acireale (Catania)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
- Sanremo (Imperia)
This means that the following cities have been eliminated:
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
- Jesolo (Venice)
The host city of Eurovision 2022 is expected to be revealed at the end of this month.
Bidding to Host Eurovision 2022
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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