Ever since Duncan Laurence took home the Eurovision trophy in May, Dutch cities have been tumbling over each other as they announce that they will submit a bid to host Eurovision 2020. In recent weeks multiple cities — from Leeuwarden in the north to Maastricht in the South — have revealed their ambitions, while Amsterdam said it was keen to land the gig but wouldn’t stand in the way of other cities. But speculation is now drawing to a close. This evening Dutch media outlet EditieNL spoke to broadcaster NPO and have published an official update. Seven Dutch cities are now officially in the running, with only two more days left to enlist in the bidding war.
Speaking to NPO, part of the “Group of 3” that is responsible for Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands,EditieNL says that the cities that have officially expressed an interest in hosting Eurovision 2020 thus far are…
- Den Bosch
However, this is not the final list. There are still two more days left for cities to express their interest, after which NPO will send a packet of information and criteria, around which cities can craft their formal bid.
The cities will have four weeks to prepare a final proposal. It must cover topics including location of the venue, logistics, accommodation and safety. A review process, including city visits, will then take place. So in sum it will be between seven and eight weeks before we know the host city of Eurovision 2020.
What about Den Haag?
EditieNL has confirmed that not all cities want their bid/interest to be made public at the moment, as they want some more time to prepare. The city of Den Haag is currently debating whether to submit an official bid. The biggest question mark for them is whether they have an appropriate venue.
The two options it is exploring is the ADO Den Haag Stadium, which will require a temporary roof. It’s home to the Alles Door Oefening Den Haag football club and has a capacity of 15,000 (pictured below). Another option is temporary location on Malieveld — a large grass field opposite Den Haag train station. A venue would need to be built from scratch.
Other rumoured candidate cities
There are, of course, a few rumoured cities that are missing from this official list. They are…
- Enschede. Its former military base — now a private airport — has expressed its ambition of hosting. But there was a dispute in the local council about whether the city should focus on other matters. It’s possible they are still in the running, but the bid has not been made not public.
- Groningen: The city has officially withdrawn from the race. It was discussed by the local council, which decided that the city doesn’t have the funds.
- Zwolle is also out. Its preferred venue, the IJsselhallen convention centre, simply doesn’t meet the requirements.
- The city of Tilburg wanted to enter the bidding process, but it lacks a proper venue. So they’ve now decided to team up with the other cities in the province of Noord Brabant to enlarge the chance of welcoming Eurovision 2020. This is the province where Duncan Laurence studied. They are working mostly with the city of Den Bosch, which is home to Brabanthallen — the third largest event complex in the Netherlands. It’s used for trade fairs, car markets, converts and sporting events.
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