Sorry Eurovision fans: You’re going to have to wait just a little longer to book your flights for Eurovision 2017.
In a press release issued this afternoon, Ukraine’s NTU has announced that the EBU will delay making its decision on the Eurovision 2017 host city. This comes following visits to Dnipro, Kyiv and Odesa on July 25 and 26 to inspect infrastructure and facilities.
“Based on the inspection results, a number of additional recommendations were given to each potential host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as well as the time to elaborate their bids,” the statement said.
Jon Ola Sand, the Supervisor from the European Broadcasting Union, emphasised the importance of patience and planning over a rushed decision.
“Altogether we will focus on finding the best solution. But we really want to take the time it takes to come up with the right decision. I am happy to be in the middle of the process together with the National Television Company of Ukraine, representatives of the Organization Committee and the partners.”
During the EBU visits, local officials in each city traveled with Jon Ola and his team to explore the various facilities and spaces required for Eurovision. They analyzed transport infrastructure and security concerns.
The NTU press release notes that inspections took place “in terminals of Dnipro and Odesa airports, four potential arenas for the Eurovision Song Contest, namely the Palace of Sports and the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, DniproEuroArena (Meteor Sports Complex) in Dnipro and Chornomorets Stadium in Odesa, locations for official events during the Eurovision Weeks (Euroclub, Eurovision Village, Opening Ceremony).”
Hotel capacity and financial investment were also discussed.
“Everyone involved in the Contest in Europe and Ukraine, namely the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the National Television Company of Ukraine as the Host Broadcaster, the Organization Committee consisting of almost all members of the Government and led by the Prime Minister of the country, we all would not like to rush but get more details instead. The final decision is postponed to consider everything. We put it off together with the EBU inspectors who were in Ukraine for two days, saw all the cities and locations, were satisfied and understood the delay as they would like to get the details as well.”
The European Broadcasting Union and NTU are now reviewing the revised proposals and a decision is forthcoming. However, it seems safe to assume that the August 1 reveal will be pushed back.