Before Conchita Wurst’s winner’s press conference had even started, journalists in the press corps were already booking hotels for Eurovision 2015. More specifically, they were booking hotels in Austria’s capital Vienna, and in Salzburg, the heartland of classical music.
We now know that Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, isn’t interested in being Eurovision 2015 host city. Governor Wilfried Haslauer said that “this event does not fit with Salzburg’s globally unique cultural profile, which is geared towards the [Salzburg] Festival and other high-quality art forms.”
Well excuse us. Given his bad attitude, we are happy to take our British pounds, euros, and Azeri manat somewhere else! Fortunately we are spoiled for choice as a number of cities have already offered up their venues—and their hearts—for Eurovision 2015. Let’s have a lookie…
The second largest city in Austria, Graz has two potential Eurovision venues. The Stadthalle Graz holds 10,000 people, so could offer a Malmö-sized show. It’s hosted some mega events already y’all. I mean…who can forget the 2010 European Men’s Handball Championships? The other venue is the 5,000-capacity Schwarzl Freiziet Zentrum, which currently stages basketball matches. Hmm. Eurovision is a musical extravaganza, so we need a venue that will leave us in wonder and awe…not one where we’ll be more inclined to shoot hoops!
Lonely Planet says “a large student population (some 50,000 in four universities) helps propel the nightlife and vibrant arts scene, creating a pleasant, lively and liveable city.
The word Innsbruck translates as “the bridge over the inn.” A major tourist hub for ski bunnies and other sporty types, there are plenty of inns and hotels for Eurovision fans. Its Olympiahalle seats 10,000 and hosted figure skating and ice hockey at both the 1964 and the 1976 Winter Olympics.
The “Goldenes Dachl” (Golden Roof) is considered the most enduring symbol of the city. Located in the Old Town, the roof is decorated with 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles…perfect for reflecting the rays of Conchita’s stage show for “Rise Like a Phoenix”!
The city of Klagenfurt, Austria’s sixth largest, would like to host Eurovision’s first open-air contest. However, it is currently snowing in Austria. And since the contest will be taking place in exactly one year in May, we are skeptical that Austria’s state broadcaster wants to give 90% of the audience and contestants hypothermia. You can’t hit your high notes when your throat is frozen! The city’s Wörthersee Stadion can seat up to 30,000 people, and has previously hosted UEFA Euro 2008 matches.
“Not an urban centre comparable with Graz or Vienna, Klagenfurt walks a very fine line between being Austria’s boondocks capital and a playground for a partying set,” according to Lonely Planet.
If Linz, the country’s third-largest city, hosts Eurovision 2015, then the entire Wiwibloggs team will be sitting on each other’s laps. Their stadium, Brucknerhaus, holds a maximum of 1,420 people. That’s not enough to house Sabina Babayeva’s entourage of make-up artists and stylists. Not gonna work, people.
The front-runner Vienna is eager to give it a go. Their main stadium ‘Wiener Stadthalle’, holds 16,000 people. It’s a massive city filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, clubs and so much more. We don’t have to explain this to you. VIENNA people. VIENNA!
Vienna is sometimes called “The City of Dreams” because it was home to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.
This town of just 7,000 people was founded by Hungarians in the 11th century, and remains the cultural capital for the region’s Hungarian ethnic minorities. That means Eurovision fans can get down on some yummy goulash if Oberwart’s bid is successful. The town’s exhibition hall can hold 7,000 people. That means there is plenty of room for every local. Just not for the rest of Europe!
This Western region of Austria is basically in Switzerland and Bavaria. It’s gorgeous. But, like Oberwart, it’s music venue only holds 7,000….
Where would you like Austria to host next year’s ESC? Let us know below!