Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its largest stadium hosted football matches at Euro 2012. And if our readers have their way the city of Lviv will soon add another line to its CV: host city of Eurovision 2017!
Back in May we asked you where you’d like to see the contest next year and Lviv — Ukraine’s seventh largest city — won the day with more than 50% of all votes.
Lonely Planet has described the city as “the country’s least Soviet” and one that “exudes the same authentic Central European charm as pre-tourism Prague or Krakow.”
Located just 70 miles from Poland, it was once the capital of the Kingdom of Ruthenia (duh) and was later part of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland. Some glorious Austro-Polish architecture remains, visible in lovely green-domed churches, among other things.
Its location in the western reaches of Ukraine could play in its favour. Many fans want to be as far away from the conflict in the East as possible.
We asked our readers where they would like #Ukraine to host #eurovision2017 and the results are in. (1) #Lviv 948 votes, 53.44% (2) #Kyiv 476 votes, 26.83% (3) #Odessa 221 votes, 12.46% (4) Somewhere else 79 votes, 4.45% (5) #Dnipro 33 votes, 1.86% (6) #Kherson 17 votes, 0.96% #eurovision #eurovision2017 @deban_deban @williamleeadams
Journalists covering the event may also appreciate the relatively smaller size, which could make it easier to get from the press centre to EuroClub. The nightmare of missing buses in Copenhagen still lingers on our minds…
The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, previously told Ukrainian media that Lviv is prepared to host Eurovision 2017 to the highest of standards, adding that Arena Lviv, one of the venues used for UEFA Euro 2012, would be more than suitable. As with the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, officials would need to install a roof ahead of Eurovision.
Kyiv — or Kiev if you’re feeling Western — came second with 27% of the vote, followed by Odessa at 12%. Dnipro earned 2% and Kherson just 1%.
Eurovision 2017 host city: Poll results
1. Lviv 948 votes, 53.44%
2. Kyiv 476 votes, 26.83%
3. Odessa 221 votes, 12.46%
4. Somewhere else 79 votes, 4.45%
5. Dnipro 33 votes, 1.86%
6. Kherson 17 votes, 0.96%
What do you think of the results and where do you want to go? Do you think Lviv can take the cake? Or does the capital Kyiv have this on lock?