Only a few days after Duncan Laurence’s win at Eurovision 2019 with “Arcade”, and the Netherlands is already getting ready to host the world’s biggest live music event. For the first time since 1980, the Dutchies will be hosting Eurovision — and a growing list of cities want toe opportunity to put it on.
The Netherlands — a country of 200 by 300 kilometres — could host the contest anywhere geographically. It’s compact enough that guests can reach any Dutch host city from one of the country’s main airports, and there is no shortage of hotels to welcome guests. So far six cities / regions have expressed interest: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, Leeuwarden/the province of Fryslân and Maastricht. Meanwhile, the country’s fifth largest city Groningen has said it will pass on bidding.
Where will Eurovision 2020 be held?
The city of Rotterdam — home to the multi-purpose venue Ahoy — was among the first locations to show interest. Its grand venue previously hosted Junior Eurovision 2007.
The mayor of the Netherlands’ capital city Amsterdam has previously spoken about hosting the event. The owners of the congress centre RAI (which hosted Eurovision 1970) and pop venue Ziggo Dome are both dreaming about Eurovision in their venue as well. And the people of Amsterdam love Eurovision, as the private water company of the city showed peaks in water use – for toilet breaks – just before and after the final vote.
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A Dutch water company has revealed toilet breaks in the Netherlands increased after @itsduncanlaurence’s performance, then peaked after the jury results and after The Netherlands’ won ??? . #eurovision #daretodream #arcade #esc2019 #toiletbreaks #myheritage . Credit: Waternet
A large number of provincial capitals outside of Holland have also been enthusiastic about bringing the event to their city or region.
This includes Maastricht, which is located in the southern most tip of the country. Maastricht has been particularly vocal about hosting and has put its congress centre MECC forward, stating that the so-called bidbook is ready.
Another strong player in the bidding phase will be the Netherlands’ fourth city, Utrecht, in the heart of the country. The city is almost as close to Schiphol Airport as Amsterdam, and is home to Jaarbeurs, the largest congress hall in the country.
— Jaarbeurs (@jaarbeurs) May 20, 2019
Another contender? The provincial city of Arnhem, which is just a half an hour train ride from Utrecht. It also has a direct connection to Eurovision 2011 host city Düsseldorf. its football stadium Gelredome has a roof and it’s one of the biggest venues in the entire country. Football club Vitesse would have to go without its stadium for a few weeks…
The province of Fryslân in the north of the country also wants to host the event. The mayor of its capital Leeuwarden has said they are eager, but no venue has been chosen. Alternatively, the Frisians are thinking of the speed skating hall Thialf in Heerenveen, a town with thirty thousand inhabitants, which could be the new Millstreet according to them.
Onder aanvoering van songfestival-liefhebber ?@cdkfryslan? gaat Leeuwarden een serieuze lobby starten om #ESF20 binnen te halen. Zelfs uitwijken naar ?@Thialf? zou optie kunnen zijn. Goed om je ambitie te tonen. pic.twitter.com/AL0HwHDD4T
— Jaap Stalenburg (@JaapStalenburg) May 20, 2019
Furthermore, a group of local political parties is writing a letter to the Provincial Council of Noord-Brabant to facilitate Eurovision somewhere in their province. Besides that, the owner of the IJsselhallen in Zwolle has also shown interest in bringing the event to Overijssel.
We previously spoke about The Hague‘s intentions to host, but since then the city has not come forward with a bid or an official expression of interest.
One big city has already declared that they are not interested — the university town Groningen. The local city council has concluded that the city has different priorities and lacks sufficient funding to organise the event.
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