Several cities and several venues hope to host Eurovision 2015, but only one pair will win the right to welcome thousands of fans and journalists next May. As the weeks pass, we’ll definitely see cities withdrawing from the bidding process, just as we did last summer. And it seems that Vienna may be the first to go, as Wiener Stadthalle and Vienna’s Messe Centre are already booked.
The most popular option among the tabloids, the Stadthalle it has a capacity of 16,000 and is located within the Vienna city limits. That makes it easy to host the masses—and easy for the masses to get there! However, as we previously reported, ORF wants the venue to be empty at least 6 weeks before the first semi final and one week after the end of the competition. This means that if we take the suggested dates (19, 21 and 23 of May) into consideration, the selected venue must be empty before April 5, while the EBU will leave on May 30. Unfortunately there are several events already planned to take place in Vienna’s Stadthalle, and more specifically, in Hall D, where Eurovision would take place.
James Last concert – 22 April (Hall D)
Esoteriktage Fruhjahr 2015 – 26 April
Apassionata 2015 – 25 April (Hall D)
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester Tournee 2015 – 5 May
Ehrlich Brothers – 23 May (suggested date for the grand final)
Dieter Nuhr – 29 May
Until the venue for the 60th edition of Eurovision is selected, we may see that more venues have been booked for this period. If ORF decided to take the contest there, which is now very doubtful, it would have to cancel a series of events, many of which have already issued tickets.
Another viable option in Austria’s capital is the large Congress Centre near the Prater. But it seems that the Messe will be unable to host Europe’s favourite TV show as well, because the 50th International Liver Congress 2015 will take place from 22 till 26 April. It is a large-scale event, with more than 10,000 doctors attending, so it can’t be cancelled.
So, we can deduce that these circumstances may lead Vienna to withdraw its bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. It looks like the Stadthalle in Graz and the Olympiahalle in Innsbruck are now the hot favourites….
Photos: Conny de Beauclair, Messe Wien