The deadline for venue bids to host Eurovision 2015 has now passed and Austrian host broadcaster ORF has revealed that 12 venues have applied – five in capital city Vienna, the other seven in provincial centres.
Eurovision 2015 — Vienna venues:
- Wiener Stadthalle (a large indoor arena)
- Schönbrunn Palace (a 17th century palace and a popular tourist attraction and concert venue)
- Heldenplatz public square
- Krieau race track
- St Marx Rinderhalle (a former cattle market)
Of these, only the Wiener Stadthalle has an existing facility ready to use – the other four locations would require having some sort of temporary event staging constructed. We’d previously wondered if the Stadthalle’s existing bookings would rule it out of contention, but it seems they’re happy to kick out James Last and his flute, if need be. But missing from this list is Vienna’s Messe event centre – looks like nothing’s going to stop the International Liver Congress!
The bids from the provinces:
- the city of Wels has the Messehalle event centre
- the city of Innsbruck has submitted its OlympiaWorld sports and events facility
- the city of Klagenfurt has the Wörthersee Stadium
- the city of Graz offers its Stadthalle Graz event centre
- the town of Oberwart has its Messezentrum event centre
- the municipality of Unterpremstätten offers its Freizeitzentrum event centre
- the town of Schwechat is offering the nearby facilities of Vienna International Airport (seriously!)
With a palace, a graveyard and an airport to consider, it seems the ORF team will have quite a job choosing the successful venue.
Would you like to see Eurovision 2015 held in Vienna International Airport? Would hosting the song contest at a former cattle market be appropriate for the sausage-loving Conchita Wurst? What’s your preferred venue for ESC 2015?