Allora… the Eurovision 2022 host city race is officially open! Italy’s broadcaster RAI has announced the bidding process that will determine which city will earn the right to host next year’s contest. Italian mayors, it’s your time to shine (and to convince taxpayers it’s worth it).
The process will have the sindaci breaking a sweat, as the window is only open until Monday. While phones burn in Italy’s city halls, let us explain what it takes to host Eurovision.
Eurovision 2022 host city: Requirements for the city and venue
Italian broadcaster RAI has issued some very important parameters. In order to host Eurovision 2022, a city must have an international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.
It should also have over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event and an infrastructure capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast.
The venue must fulfil several requirements as well, such as being indoors and having air-conditioning and a well defined perimeter.
The arena should have an audience capacity in the main hall of at least 8,000 – 10,000 during the event and a main hall which can house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production.
It’s also worth mentioning that those 8,000 – 10,000 people should correspond to 70% of maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, as the specific stage and production needs of Eurovision should be taken into consideration.
The venue should also have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre capable of hosting over 1,000 journalists; delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities.
Most importantly, the infrastructure must be available exclusively for six weeks before the event, two weeks during the show in May and a week after the end of the event for dismantling. That’s nine weeks.
Eurovision 2022: The race is on
Over the past few weeks, multiple cities in Italy have expressed their interest in hosting Eurovision. Turin and Rome have been among the most vocal, but there’s much more. You can have a look in our previous article.
Given the requirements, it’s almost a given that Sanremo will not be able to proceed in the race. The city where it all started, with its renowned Festival di Sanremo, does not meet most of the requirements. The lack of a suitable venue is the most evident, as Teatro Ariston only holds 2,000 people.
It doesn’t look good for Verona neither, as their proposal of hosting in Arena di Verona — the fantastic set for Diodato’s live performance of “Fai Rumore” — is an open air venue.
Which city would you like to see host Eurovision 2022? Should Rome or Naples have another go? Can Turin beat the capital? Any other outsiders? Let us know in the comment section below!