Eurovision fans will have to wait a few more weeks for ORF to confirm the Eurovision 2015 host city and venue. As ORF pours over the three main candidates, a series of alternative venues have come into play as back-up options. Today we can scratch one of them off the list, as the city has axed a proposed plan to build a brand new, multi-functional concert hall in Neu Marx. Auf wiedersehn!
According to oe24.at, the cost and timescale made it unrealistic. Construction would not be complete until May 2016—a full year after Eurovision.
The plan was rooted in good intentions. Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna’s preferred option, is already booked during the six weeks leading up to the final. Cancelling that event would require them to pay off a lot of people. Hoping to strengthen the city’s bid for Eurovision 2015, Vienna’s mayor Michael Häupl proposed building a huge tent where 15,000 spectators could gather for Eurovision. It would rest alongside the Rinderhalle, a smaller venue that already exists and has excellent transport links. After Eurovision, the multi-purpose hall could host all sorts of events. Its construction would coincide with an election year, which never hurts.
With this option now out of the question, Vienna‘s chances of hosting seem to be dwindling by the minute. Innsbruck has strong municipal support and deep pockets fed by all those visiting ski bunnies.
Do you think Graz will sneak in with a surprise win? We’ll know in two or three weeks!
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