Five cities now remain in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy, as RAI narrows the competing field again.
Milan, Turin, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro are the five cities that remain in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The five cities were whittled down from an already consolidated list of eleven cities across Italy that had made it through to the second stage of bidding.
EurovisionIN reports that RAI has begun attending bidding cities to assess the proposed venues and facilities for the contest next May. A final decision on the host city for Eurovision 2022 is expected at the end of August or beginning of September.
Bidding to Host Eurovision 2022
A total of 5 cities remain in contention to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The initial list of 17 bids was reduced to 11 by the Board of Directors of RAI shortly after the deadline for bid submissions closed. The 5 cities that remain in contention to host Eurovision 2022 are:
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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