Italian media is reporting that Turin will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
ANSA, the Italian Press Agency, is reporting that Turin will host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, following Italy’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year. RAI and the EBU have yet to officially confirm this news but it is expected to be confirmed soon.
The venue in which the contest would be hosted would be Pala Alpitour. The arena was opened in 2005 and has hosted numerous concerts and sporting events, including the ice hockey tournaments during the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Eurovision 2022 would mark the first time the city of Turin hosts a Eurovision event. Despite this, Turin does have some links to the contest. Former Italian representatives Renato Rascel (1960) and Umberto Tozzi (1987) were both born in the city.
A total of 5 cities that made the final bidding round to host Eurovision 2022. The initial list of 17 hosting bids was reduced to 11 by the Board of Directors of RAI shortly after the deadline for bid submissions closed. The final 5 cities were Milan, Bologna, Pesaro, Rimini, and Turin.
In order to be considered as a host city, the potential city and venue had to meet certain criteria. Any potential host city had to 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 had to have:
- 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.
The Eurovision Song Contest returns to Italy for the first time since 1991 following Måneskin’s victory with their song “Zitti e buoni”.
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