After much speculation, the decision has finally been made: we’re going to Vienna, y’all! Today the European Broadcasting Union, together with ORF, finally made the Eurovision 2015 host city announcement, choosing to hold the 60th Edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Wiener Stadthalle. YASSSS!
Eurovision 2015 host venue: WIENER STADTHALLE
The Stadthalle is an indoor arena, located in the 15th district of Vienna, Austria. It was designed by Austrian architect Roland Rainer and built from 1953–1958. The arena has an overall seating capacity of approximately 16,000 people and is 26.6 meters high—high enough to hold the biggest wind machines in the land! This was the favourite amongst wiwireaders in a recent poll, so we know a lot of folks are very happy right now.
The arena comprises six halls: A and B (gymnasiums), C (ice arena), D (main hall, mostly for concerts e.g. Metallica ), E (for smaller events e.g. Die Stehaufmandln ) & F (for more intimate concerts e.g. Women’s World Award). In 1974, the additional Stadthallenbad, a public swimming pool, was built. Hall D can take up to 16,000 people. Offices, changing rooms, backstage and 2 VIP rooms are included in it.
The arena hosts an annual tennis tournament, called Erste Bank Open and the show Holiday On Ice. It also hosts musicals (Dirty Dancing, Thriller), and will play host to Lady Gaga’s ARTpop tour. At this point, details about the stage design for next year’s Eurovision are still being kept hidden, but the area looks like the ideal playground for any set desginer, lighting engineer and executive producer.
As we previously reported, the Stadhalle is going to have to cancel a lot of events as a result of this. You can see who will be rescheduled by clicking here.
Vienna Stadthalle Photos
Eurovision 2015 host city: Vienna
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s primary city, with a population of about 1.757 million (2.4 million within the metropolitan area, more than 20% of Austria’s population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today it is the second only to Berlin in German speakers.
Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of theCzech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be “The City of Dreams” because it was home to the world’s first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud. The city’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
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