Since the venue for Eurovision 2019 was confirmed as the Tel Aviv Convention Center, there’s been concern that many fans may miss out on tickets due to limited seating. Now Israeli media is reporting that a solution has been found to increase the number of seats: Eurovision 2019 is inviting the audience into the green room.
Yesterday local media reported that while Pavilion 2 of the convention centre can potentially seat 9000, after the Eurovision stage and production equipment take up space — and after tickets are allocated to delegations and EBU associates — there will only be 4000 seats available to fans.
But now it appears a solution has been found to let more fans enjoy the live Eurovision experience — public seating will be available in the green room.
Due to space limits in Pavilion 2, the green room — the space where artists and their support teams sit after they have performed — will be located in the adjacent Pavilion 1.
Ynet is reporting that as well as seating the Eurovision stars of 2019, the green room will also have seating for the general public.
The news site reports that between 2000 and 3000 green room tickets will be put on sale to the public. This could bring the total number of audience seats to around 10,000. While it won’t be the same as watching the live show next door, it will still offer a unique experience.
As well as being able to watch the broadcast on large screens inside Pavilion 1, the audience will be right there by the green room, with all the drama, comedy and champagne that typically flows in the Eurovision green room.
And of course, the green room is where one lucky artist will discover they have won Eurovision 2019.
Since 2014, the green room has regularly been located inside the main arena along with the stage and public seating.
However, in 2013 — when the contest was held at the smaller than average Malmö Arena — the green room was located elsewhere. While Petra Mede hosted the main shows herself, over in the green room Eric Saade was given the task of interviewing the acts. This was the setting for Eric’s controversial “#MILF” quip that shocked some viewers.
The green room doesn’t always have a separate host, but with the layout for 2019, it seems Israel will need to have a person holding down the fort in Pavilion 1.
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