Rimini is reported to be pledging financial support of €6 million to assist with hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
La Repubblica reports that Rimini and Turin are trying to win over support with Rai with the announcement of significant financial packages to assist with hosting the contest. The newspaper reports that Rimini has promised a financial package of €6 million to help support hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Turin is reported to be responding to the offer from Rimini with support of €7 million. The financial package from Turin according to La Repubblica will be formed of funding from the Municipality of Turin, Chamber of Commerce, local authorities, and the region of Piedmont.
It is not yet known when Rai will make a final decision regarding the city that will host Eurovision 2022.
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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