As Eurovision fans eagerly await the announcement of next year’s host city and arena, officials at ORF face the tricky task of deciding who is up for the challenge. Vienna, Innsbruck and Graz are still in the race and, as we’ve read on Österreich.at, the internal debate is heating up.
It seems like Innsbruck is the current favourite because of the strength of its application and because it has strong support from municipal authorities and the Tirol Tourist Board. The Governor of Tyrol, Günther Platter, has ensured that financing is not a problem. Apparently all those ski bunnies have deep pockets…
Not to be outdone, the mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl has pulled out a wild card. In addition to the Wiener Stadthalle, which is currently booked during the six-week run-up to ESC, the Mayor has presented a plan for a brand new hall in Neu Marx. Talks between Häupl and ORF boss Alexander Wrabetz are already underway.
A decision is expected to be taken in July.
Häupl proposes a new mega-hall with space for 15,000 fans. Häupl is incredibly keen to host the 60th edition of the contest in Vienna, whilst giving the Austrian capital a new multi-purpose hall, conveniently timed with an election year. Sources say that it is a sophisticated plan, but that it may not be fully completed until May 2016—a year after it’s needed. However, ORF already has a plan of action as it could hold the show in the new hall, while putting auxillary rooms (spaces for artists, press and VIPs) next door in the Rinderhalle, a smaller venue that already exists. A big plus for the new hall are the excellent transport links.
After Eurovision the complex will be used as a multi-purpose hall for sports, music and arts events. Estimates suggest it will cost tens of millions of euros.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out. In the meantime you can still vote in our Venue Poll by clicking here.