Earlier this month NTU director general Zurab Alasania rejected Kyiv’s proposal to host Eurovision 2017 inside the dilapidated Palace of Sport.
“The Sports Palace is completely outdated, technically as well,” he told Espresso TV. “Kyiv has still been offering it, but this option was rejected. The Olympic stadium was also considered, as initially there were three proposals from their side. And now we’re looking at the IEC.”
That put Kyiv’s reserve venue — the International Exhibition Centre — squarely in the spotlight.
Fast-forward to Tuesday and organisers revealed the venue layout, which can hold up to 11,000 spectators and includes 5,000 seated positions. The standing-only floor concept was previously utilised inside Vienna’s Stadthalle at Eurovision 2015.
It should be noted that this is not the actual stage design.
As with every Eurovision, the particulars of the stage will come at a much later date — after the host city and venue have been decided.
Now, in an interview Hromadske, the head of Kyiv’s Department of Tourism has said that the IEC is the only venue that meets the EBU’s technical requirements to host the event.
Giving reporters a tour of the venue, Anton Taranenko added that it’s the only venue still in the running that doesn’t require the (expensive and time-consuming) construction of a roof.
Besides traditional bus and taxi routes, city officials will make water taxis available to transport passengers between the venue and central Kyiv.
Shuttle buses will transport visitors from the venue to Euroclub at the Congress Exhibition Centre Parkovy (an exhibition centre along the Dnieper). Eurovillage will be located in the picturesque Sofiyskaya Square or Mikhailivska Square.