In the recent days ORF, Austria’s national broadcaster, has narrowed the list of potential Eurovision 2015 host cities to three—Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck. Across the three cities there are six venues still in the race. Let’s review them and pick our favourites.
Vienna – Stadthalle Wiener
Wiener Stadthalle, the main arena in Vienna, has one fatal flaw: it is already booked out for six weeks prior to the event. That conflicts with ORF’s requirement that the arena be available during the month-and-a-half before the show, so that construction and other works can take place.
Vienna – Heldenplatz
Heldenplatz is a public space situated in front of the iconic Hofburg Palace. Adolf Hitler stood there when announcing that Nazi Germany had annexed Austria. Yuck. But staging Eurovision there would be a touching reminder of how far Europe has come. It would also be a powerful platform for Conchita Wurst & Co. to celebrate life, music and tolerance!
Vienna – Marx Hall
Marx Hall or Marx Halle, is part of an 1877 rebuilding project that took place in Vienna. It was also the first wrought-iron construction in Vienna, consiting of two three-aisled halls. Industrial and airy — c’est chic!
Vienna – Trabrennbahn Krieau
Trabrennbahn Krieau is a horse racing track in Vienna, which organisers propose turning into a concert venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Nothing says “glamorous music event” like hay and horse manure.
Graz – Stadthalle Graz
Stadthalle Graz is a concert hall in Graz, the second largest city in Austria. It holds up to 11, 300 people and was built between 2000 and 2002. The hall is practically free of columns, with just four basic ones in each corner of the hall. Fans who have had to watch Eurovision with an obstructed view will appreciate that. Word has it that officials in Graz are very keen to host Eurovision. Will their eagerness be enough to secure the bid?
Innsbruck – Olympiaworld
Olympiaworld is definitely a dark horse in the race to become the venue for Eurovision 2015. Recent reports even labeled the 10,000-seat stadium as the FRONTRUNNER to host. This promotional video will surely help…
So which venue do you want to see host Eurovision 2015? You can vote for as many venues as you would like, but you can only vote one time. Choose wisely, y’all…
This poll will close on 13 July, 2014