With delays and speculation over the selection of the host city for Eurovision 2017, the EBU has released a video message from Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand, explaining the situation, and how the EBU has been working with Ukraine.
In the video, Jon Ola Sand details the EBU’s requirements for a host city. In order to host Eurovision, the host city must have:
- An international airport
- A suitable venue that accommodates 10,000+
- A nearby press centre for 1500 journalists
- Good facilities for all the delegations
- Sufficient hotel rooms in different price categories
Jon Ola Sand notes that while the EBU was working with Ukraine on all the requirements, the big issue was a lack of a suitable venue. He explains, “There was no ready venue in Ukraine that could host the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Neither of the suggested arena venues for Dnipro and Odessa have a roof, and Kyiv’s original proposed venue, the Palace of Sports has already been rejected for being too outdated. Kyiv’s back-up venue, the International Exhibition Centre, is more suitable, with a capacity of over 10,000.
Sand explained that choosing the host city takes a lot of analysis and scrutiny, and is not a decision that’s taken lightly. He also explained that the host broadcaster is given a thorough list of requirements, and important milestones that must be met.
There’s no indication of when the host city announcement will be made, but if the EBU’s video is anything to go by, there will be plenty of discussions still to be had.