It’s taken them 53 years to finally win the contest and the right to host. And Portugal aren’t about to let this opportunity go to waste. Broadcaster RTP has already announced that Eurovision 2018 will be held in Lisbon!
Like many first time winners, Portugal has opted to host in their capital city. Whilst the exact arena has not been confirmed, an RTP news bulletin suggests that the MEO Arena is the show’s likely home.
Eurovision 2018 Host City: Lisbon
For many Eurovision fans, it may be welcome relief to hear this news so quickly. This would be especially true after the very prolonged — and at times chaotic — host city selection for 2017.
In fact, it’s the quickest we’ve known the host city for many years, with the likes of Austria and Denmark holding a bidding process. Lisbon makes perfect sense to host, however.
The city’s Humberto Delgado Airport is around 15 minutes drive from the rumoured MEO Arena. It also has a large transport network, including the Lisbon Metro, trams, bus and rail services.
And yes, it even has Uber, for y’all who are wondering. Plenty of hotels, hostels and rented accommodation available online mean it’s an easy choice, even against the likes of Porto or Braga.
MEO Arena for venue?
The MEO Arena also seems like a write-in as the Eurovision venue. Built in 1998, the multi-purpose venue can hold a capacity of 20,000 people.
Unlike Kyiv’s International Exhibition Centre, it’s also well used to hosting music concerts regularly. Big names to have performed there in the last year alone include Adele and Shawn Mendes.
Other options — such as the Coliseu dos Recreios — would likely be far too small to host the contest, both in terms of capacity and building infrastructure.
The arena has a distinctive shape, almost looking like a flying saucer from above. Rocket to the stars, honey!
On the bank of the River Tagus, it’s a transport hub for many local services and will be relatively easy to access — especially compared with the likes of Copenhagen 2014, for example.
Y’all, we can’t wait to be sipping some Portuguese wine and eating some local Pastel de Nata as the contest takes place. Further details will be expected in the coming months, including arena confirmation, Opening Ceremony details and more.
For now though, it looks like Portugal are already on the right track. What do you think about Lisbon as host city? Do you want the contest at MEO Arena? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!