Its the third largest city in the Netherlands and is known as the home of international law.
But if local politicians are to be believed Den Haag won’t be the home of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Ceilinggate strikes again?
Leeuwarden was forced to pull out on June 18 because the ceiling of its arena wasn’t high enough. Now Den Haag has the opposite problem: It’s candidate venue the ADO Arena doesn’t have a ceiling at all.
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Nine cities entered the race to host Eurovision 2020 six days ago and now only eight are left. That’s because Leeuwarden has today withdrawn from the bidding process due to the ceiling height of the proposed venue. The WTC Expo roof is too low and local government has now determined it can’t be raised in time for Eurovision. . #onedown #hostcity #eurovision2020 #esc2020 #netherlands #leeuwarden
And a local politician has now poo-poohed Den Haag’s other options: A tent in a field or using the King William-Alexander Room of the Dutch Congress.
“[Hosting in Den Haag] is not really possible anymore,” says local politician Frits Huffnagel.
Huffnagel adds, “I have visited a number of the more recent editions of the Song Festival and you see that more is needed than the old PWA room. Let alone that it could be in a tent on the Malieveld.”
He made the comments to local paper Den Haag Centraal.
Another local politican Richard de Mos has also acknowledged practicalities, but insists the city must “dare to dream”:
“We look at the costs and possible locations, among other things. But as a city we must dare to dream and have ambitions. We now also have time to study our options in terms of locations.”
There has been no official withdrawal from the race to host Eurovision 2020, but Huffnagel has teased an alternative option to the solo bid or withdrawl: Host jointly with Rotterdam.
Den Haag and Rotterdam to host Eurovision 2020 together?
“I say: organize it together with Rotterdam. Then you immediately give more meaning to the concept of Metropolitan Region. It can be kept excellently in Rotterdam Ahoy. You then have to make sure that you as The Hague also present yourself in the surrounding program.
“In 2009, before the Song Festival in Moscow, I brought a number of artists, including the Toppers, to The Hague, because the Netherlands participated for the 50th time. You could do something like that again. ”
Both cities have backing from the regional government of Zuid-Holland.
To date eight cities remain in the running to host Eurovision 2020. The other six are Amsterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Arnhem, Den Bosch and Breda.
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