Bologna has revealed more details of its bid to host Eurovision 2022 as the selection process reaches its final stages.
The city of Bologna has revealed more details this week regarding its bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The city has revealed its plans for the Opening Ceremony, EuroClub, and the two venues that it has identified as eligible to host the competition.
The Palazzo D’Accursio will feature as part of the Handover Ceremony, Running Order Draw, and the Opening Ceremony. The seat of the municipality was built in the 1300s and is situated on the Piazza Maggiore. The Piazza would be the location of the turquoise carpet.
Piazza VIII Agosto, the largest square in the historic centre of Bologna, would be the location for the Eurovillage during the contest. Euroclub is planned to be located at the Spazio DumBO, which is a former industrial area that has been transformed into a cultural events space.
Bologna is bidding with two venues from which RAI can select to host the Eurovision Song Contest. BolognaFiere is the first option. Pavilion 37 of the trade fair venue would be the location of the stage and audience. The pavilion is 300 metres long and 77 metres wide and the pavilion would also feature the Green Room within. Pavilion 31 and 32 would be the press centre, with pavilions 35 and 37 reserved for dressing rooms.
Unipol Arena is the second proposed venue, which can accommodate up to 15,000 people. The selection of the Unipol Arena would require the construction of a number of temporary structures to support the contest. 3,000 square meters of structures would be built to accommodate the press centre and dressing rooms.
Eleven cities are currently in contention to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 out of seventeen that submitted provisional bids. RAI is set to determine the city that will host next year’s contest by the end of August.
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Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest three times, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 2021. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on eight occasions.