From the E.B.U.:
“After a long bid- and selection process, Düsseldorf has been chosen as Host City of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest! The final decision was taken only moments ago, and approved by the song contest’s governing body, the Reference Group. While media believed the choice was made already last week, the selection was exciting until the very last moment..!
“The upcoming running of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place at Fortuna Düsseldorf’s arena, which has a maximum seating capacity of 54,400 people. Due to the required space for the stage and technical facilities, the capacity for the Eurovision Song Contest will be lower – approximately 24,000 spectators can attend each of the three live shows and some of the Dress Rehearals. The arena is located within five kilometers from both Düsseldorf’s international airport as well as the city centre.”
Just in case you think Düsseldorf is a terrible choice, Eurovision has posted the following video on its official site to win you over. Enjoy!