Only days ago Ukraine‘s state broadcaster NTU launched the bidding process for the host city of Eurovision 2017. But now tabloids are reporting that Ukraine’s Minister for Culture has said the country has no suitable arenas to host Eurovision.
When interviewed on 5 Kanal, the Minister for Culture, Yevhen Nyshcuuk stated that: “We don’t have any suitable indoor arenas which can serve many people”.The EBU requires that the song contest be held in a covered venue that holds a minimum of 7000 people, preferably at least 10,000.
All the large arenas in the potential host cities have open roofs, making them unsuitable for Eurovision.
But the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv could not host the event even if a roof was built on the arena. The temporary roof would not be able to support the lighting rigs and other heavy production equipment that would need to be hung from the ceiling.
The city of Lviv — which wiwibloggs readers voted as their favoured host city — is looking at constructing a roof on Arena Lviv which would make it eligible to host Eurovision.
Call us Lviv fans, but it seems like a more practical choice. It is smaller (34,915 people) and would require less construction work to cover the roof than Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium (70,050 people).
When Ukraine previously hosted Eurovision in 2005, it was held in the Palace of Sports in Kiev, with a maximum capacity of 10,000. The National Palace of Arts, which hosted Junior Eurovision in 2013, has a capacity of less than 4000. For contrast, Stockholm’s Globe Arena has a concert capacity of 16,000.
But it seems that Kyiv still has its sights set on hosting Eurovision. The minister’s solution: do an Azerbaijan and build a brand new venue, specifically an indoor hall on the banks of the river Dnieper.
What do you think? Should Lviv build a roof on their Arena? Should Kyiv get busy and build a brand new venue? Or should Ukraine let another country host?