A lot is still up in the air over Eurovision 2020, but one thing is now certain: the Eurovision Song Contest will not take place in the city of Breda.
That’s after the city announced on Monday that it was withdrawing from host city contention because of the major financial risks associated with securing the event.
Previously Breda wanted to organize the contest in the Breepark event hall. Although this location would meet the requirements — it has adequate seating and a roof, for starters — the city has decided to pull out.
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Alderman Daan Quaars from the city of Breda explained that while the will was there from the moment Duncan Laurence won Eurovision, further questioning and new information made them back away. You’ll remember that in order to see the official selection criteria, cities first had to sign up for the bidding process. In some ways they were bidding blindly.
“After some additional questions to [broadcaster] NPO, we finally had to conclude that, partly in view of the current financial situation of the municipality, it is not justified to do it. Also because everything is under great time pressure, the candidate cities must have submitted their bid books no later than 10 July. ”
Another complication was having to foot the financial guarantee for the event. It seemed strange to city officials that the city would have to shoulder the guarantee alone, given that the entire country will benefit from the contest.
“From a further explanation of the rules of this special event, it seems that [a considerable financial guarantee] must be provided unilaterally by the municipality. This is not realistic, because the event not only promotes Breda, but the whole of the Netherlands.”
There are now six cities and regions that are still in the race to become Eurovision’s next host city: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht / Limburg, Arnhem and Den Bosch. Leeuwarden and The Hague withdrew earlier.