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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!

Read more Italy Eurovision news here.

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pammy
pammy
22 days ago
Rome is the city made to pray, Milan is made to work and Turin is made to have fun
pammy
pammy
22 days ago

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
23 days ago

Turin has just submitted their candidature.

Last edited 23 days ago by Vincenzo
Micky
Micky
24 days ago

I want Turin, Milan or Rome, as I believe these are the favourites in that order.
Honestly tho I’ll be fine with any city, I mostly care about the dates lmao

Apollo
Apollo
24 days ago

I don’t care where it’s hosted… i’m just delighted Eurovision is FINALLY in Italy!

dade
dade
24 days ago

Frankly, I’d love to see it in Bologna. It’s a lesser known town abroad, a hidden gem that isn’t run over by tourists and deserves to be visited and discovered by more people. As far as I know, it has all the requirements needed. Turin would be a good choice too. Finally I can live with whatever host city, as long as the shows are well organized.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
24 days ago

it’ll most likely be turin imo, the city is big enough, it’s clean, elegant, well-managed and never crowded due to excellent urban planning, and it needs and deserves more tourists. plus rai wanted to host in turin in case francesco gabbani won

Ag89
Ag89
25 days ago

I don’t understand why people are obsessed with capacity, we have seen so many times Eurovison can be great in arenas with 6.000-7.000 people.

Rifki
Rifki
24 days ago
Reply to  Ag89

well, in modern years (at least since the new century began in 2000), 6000 is considered too small. I think EBU’s standard of at least 10,000 is a good number, it is neither too small nor too large. and we don’t need too many in-venue people as well (I think over 30,000 is already too much).

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
24 days ago
Reply to  Ag89

just like big international artists only tour arenas with 10k+ capacity, a big international event like the eurovision should only take place in 10k+ capacity venues imo (unless the winner is a country like malta or iceland where you have no other choice)

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago

With concerts, you need to be there in person to see it. The audience for the contest is at home, most people are not even aware you can buy tickets to see it.

Ag89
Ag89
24 days ago

Eurovison is a tv show, not a concert. If the show is good, viewers in front of TVs will have no idea if arena hosts 5.000 or 25.000 people… It’s all about production and creativity so I don’t really think going for big arenas is a must to have a good Eurovison . However, Torino has this in the bag.

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Ag89

a small venue (see 2019 Tel Aviv) means extremely expensive tickets for fans which could lead to empty seats and a desperate attempt to fill in those seats (see again Israel 2019). So no thanks.

The TV production is much better if they keep it quiet in front of the stage without crazy fans holding banners, kangaroos, chicken dolls and other stuff. It was excellent this year.

Roo
Roo
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I thought so to. This year had an excellent atmosphere considering reduced numbers

Kirby
Kirby
24 days ago
Reply to  Ag89

I take your point. This requirement deprives potential smaller winning countries to host ESC. It’s fascinating to think of any country which has never hosted Eurovision doing it for their first time.

Rifki
Rifki
24 days ago
Reply to  Ag89

yes it is a tv show, but it is also a LIVE show, and (supposedly) the biggest annual music show in the world. Fans around Europe and beyond want to watch Eurovision LIVE in the venue at least once in their lifetime. It is even bigger than just another stop of a big international artist’s concert, so a big venue is of course necessary.

Erik
Erik
24 days ago

Yes. It should be big. Tickets are super tricky to get your hands on as it is. We don’t need smaller venues to add to the equation

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Ag89

Eurovision is the biggest music show on earth, of course the demand is high and the capacity should be in line with the demand, especially when the show is hosted in a big country like Italy with many big venues and a big population likely to apply for tickets. If the show was held in Cyprus or Malta, then it would be fine to have 5k audience.

10k should be the minimum but i guess they want to keep in mind any restrictions in 2022.

Tadhg
Tadhg
23 days ago
Reply to  Ag89

I agree but I wonder if it is down to money?, if you can sell an extra 4,000 tickets for each of the 3 nights that’s a lot of extra money, though I’ve seen a few ESC’s in the last few years that had a noticeable amount of empty seats.

Yudhistira Mahasena
25 days ago

I can think of two possibilities:

  1. Pala Alpitour (Turin)
  2. PalaLottomatica (Rome)

There’s also the stadium where AS Roma plays, but since Stadio Olimpico is an open-air stadium, they may as well built a retractable roof for Eurovision 2022 if it is held in Rome in compliance to Eurovision rules.

Rifki
Rifki
25 days ago

the issue with PalaLottomatica is its structure, it is circular (not U-shaped like most of the indoor arenas) and the roof is not suitable enough for the equipment Eurovision needs, most notably the light(n)ing (eurofestivalnews has already explained that).

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

The Globe is also circular (ESC 2016) but you’re right about the roof issue, it’s almost certain Rome will drop out.

Rifki
Rifki
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

the Globe Arena is still U-shaped if you look more closely inside of it, only the exterior design looks circular (which, as the name says, represents the Globe).

khm
khm
24 days ago

IIRC PalaLottomatica is already booked for musical “Notre Dame” for four days in a row (12th-15th May), so I’m not sure if they will make a bid in the end.

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  khm

they can also reschedule, they’ve done it many times before (see Dusseldorf stadium)

bigcity
bigcity
25 days ago

Is it just me or is 8-10k audience small or just the norm now? Like dusseldorf in 2011 had over 30k at the show, ever since malmo it’s been around 10k
(obviously nowadays there’s distancing and stuff but still)

Last edited 25 days ago by bigcity
Azuro
Azuro
25 days ago

If its Rome, Turin or Milan can we please not have a Ukraine situation where we are forced to call them Roma, Torino or Milano ?

Yudhistira Mahasena
25 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

What we call “Roma”, “Torino”, and “Milano” are the same thing as Rome, Turin, and Milan. The cities’ residents are happy if we call it either way.

Roo
Roo
24 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

When in Rome do as the Romans do. Roma it is. Not that hard to say really?

James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

Are you referring to the Kyiv/Kiev transliteration issue?

Ukraine had already made it official that the Ukrainian names of their major cities will be used as international English names, discouraging Soviet-era nomenclature which is still in use in some English-language publications, particularly in the case of Kyiv where they continue to use “Kiev”.

Azuro
Azuro
25 days ago

I think it really should be hosted in a countries capital or biggest city, or the city nearest where the winning act comes from.

Rome meets all 3 criteria.

Yudhistira Mahasena
25 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

Eurovision doesn’t necessarily have to be held in the capital city. But yes, Rome is the center of culture and commerce as the capital of Italy, so I think it’s best Eurovision 2022 be held in Rome if not Turin. Since Rome also enjoys a Mediterranean climate, it would make a perfect summer getaway to enjoy amenities…
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…with health and safety protocols of course.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
24 days ago

milan is the trade and finance capital sis. rome is poorly managed these days, plus it’s always overwhelmed with tourism, so i totally support choosing another city in the way the dutch chose rotterdam over amsterdam.

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

i agree with you (except the bit with where the winning acts come from).

Milan and Torino meet the criteria but i personally would love to visit Rome because i’ve never been to and it’s an interesting city.

Rifki
Rifki
25 days ago

so far, only four cities are eligible to host the contest next year (Roma, Milano, Torino and Bologna), but considering the availability of the venue, I think it will be shortlisted to Milano and Torino. Milano has two venue options: Mediolanum Forum and the less-known Palazzo delle Scintille (which is currently a vaccination centre in Italy; it can be an alternative in case Mediolanum Forum is already occupied within the time range). on the other hand, Torino can “only” rely on the Pala Alpitour (which schedule-wise is the most available out of the existing rumoured venues), and the fact that… Read more »

khm
khm
24 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

Thanks to Dua Lipa and Eric Clapton, it seems Milano and Bologna are out of the race.

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

i think it’s dead certain that Torino will get it. Surprisingly that there are no events planned in May though….

The truth
The truth
25 days ago

Verona would have made a great experience even though it has an open air venue. Went to so many concerts there and the atmosphere is magical.

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  The truth

but it’s a TV show, not a concert…

James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Concert TV. 🙂

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
25 days ago

The only option is Turin, if RAI wants to use an existing venue. The other existing venues are busy with events or concerts from middle of april to end of may. There won’t be 9 weeks for building the stage, technical rehersals, live rehersals, show, dismantling. Other option is to build the arena in another venue such has a large warehouse in an exhibition center. But it will be more expensive and RAI is struggling financially (there is a big debt due to reduced incomes in the pandemic period from the taxes paid by pubs, restaurants, etc. which were closed… Read more »

Last edited 25 days ago by Vincenzo
Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

they are not Azerbaijan to build a new arena. They have options and Torino ticks all the boxes.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

They can take a location, such as a pavillon in an exhibition center or an hangar (like Denmark did in 2014) and build structures inside to accommodate people.

Azaad
Azaad
25 days ago

Milan would usually be the prime contender but given how Lombardy was the worst affected region of Italy when it came to Covid (and so the local government may want to prioritise recovery) and the 2026 Winter Olympics I think the city won’t be so enthusiastic to host. Rome would make sense given how long it’s been since the last ESC hosted there, but RAI and the government may want to showcase a different city. Turin is probably the dark horse. The fact that it’s not a tourist hub on the same level of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan means… Read more »

Jo.
Jo.
25 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

turin is not a dark horse, it’s the frontrunner

Giolo
Giolo
24 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

Coletta said he wants Rome to host ESC 2022, but it will probably be Turin anyway, since PalaLottomatica is booked in mid May for five consecutive days.

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

I remember the Ahoy being booked for May 2020, it didn’t matter. Dates were changed.

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

Torino is not the dark horse, it’s the big favourite. RAI never said that they want to give it to Rome, in 2017 they were thinking of Torino if they had won the show.

Kirby
Kirby
25 days ago

I can’t wait for the Eurovision 2022 host city to be revealed! I would also like the visual identity to “talk” Italy. Eurovision has had a string of dark-backgrounded logos (with the exception of Baku 2021 and Lisbon 2018), maybe the Italian host city gives us a colorful and inspiring surprise.

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
25 days ago

I want to have Turin or Milan

Darren
25 days ago

Well, because we haven’t had a capital city host since Lisbon 2018, and because the capital city of Italy is so damn iconic and also the hometown of Måneskin, my first choice is most definitely ROME
But in saying that, I think Milan Bologna or Turin would be awesome host cities too.

Let’s be real though, it’s not going to be Sanremo or Verona or open air venues, or tents or arenas that only hold 2,000 people. I think the only viable options are Rome, Milan, Turin and Bologna. The host will be one of those.

Alex
Alex
25 days ago

Will we know the dates of ESC 2022 before host city is selected?

Chiarina
Chiarina
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I don’t think so, they’ll probably choose the dates based on the venue’s schedule

pammy
pammy
22 days ago
Reply to  Alex

yes the rai chef say that, in summer we know the city and the date too.

Antônio Fragoso
Antônio Fragoso
25 days ago

Roma, Rome!!!

Jimmy Smit
25 days ago

Fan momentum appears to be with Turin and I think it would be the right choice. Here’s to Turin 2022!

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Hmm fans want Rome but they acknowledge that Torino is a great choice as well. Fans always prefer capital cities. However, due to logistics, the broadcaster tends to choose 2nd biggest cities or even 4th (see Dusseldorf

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
25 days ago

I am very sure that it will be Turin!

ales
ales
25 days ago

It‘s perhaps going to be the Mediolanum Forum near Milan.. I’ve been there a couple of times it’s great! We just need to hope that the schedules add up!!

Last edited 25 days ago by ales
Giolo
Giolo
24 days ago
Reply to  ales

Unfortunately, Mediolanum Forum is already booked in April and May, so it is not a possiblity. At this point, I think Turin and Rome has more chances to be selected than Milan.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago

It’s starting. I can’t wait to see who will be the host city for eurovision 2022. If it turns out Turin or Milan end up as host cities, it will be the fourth Eurovision in a row where we have a new city hosting Eurovision for the first time (Lisbon, Tel Aviv, and Rotterdam).

Totorino
Totorino
25 days ago

The Verona Arena would’ve been a great venue for the contest (with its Roman amphitheatre feel). However, open-roofed contests aren’t allowed 🙁

Nonetheless, I do think the 2 most likely are Milan and Turin!

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
25 days ago

I would like to see Bari as the host venue, it does need a roof, mind you, but given the fact that Italy is submitting a bid to host the 2028 Euro Championships (football) adding the roof to the Stadio San Nicola would be seen as more of a investment for future gains rather than just to host Eurovision 2022. I’ll list why Bari is a excellent host city option. 1. The stadium has a capacity of nearly 59,000. 2. Has a very high level of expertise, knowledge and experience in hosting large-scale events and concerts. 3. It has the… Read more »

Last edited 25 days ago by Liam Lindsay
Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

59,000 is too many. Probably impossible to fill three times.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Once you take some of capacity out for green room and the stage, it would be around 25,000 – 28,000 similar overall capacity to Dusselldorf 2011

Kal
Kal
25 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Adding a roof to a football stadium in southern Italy would be regarded as a waste of money, not an investment for the future. It is not justified based on climate conditions there (it’s sunny most of the time) plus it’s not even a requirement for hosting Euro 2028 (it would actually be useless).

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
24 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Additionally a “roof” built for a stadium doesn’t mean it will be a completely closed roof, but a partial one. If you build a closed roof on top of a grass field do you know what happens, especially in southern Italy were temperatures go up to 45°C? Another requirement is to have an air conditioning system which is not suitable at all for a large stadium. So let’s stop making very fututistic and science fictional proposals and let’s stick to reality. We have a wonderful location available from 12 of april to end of June, and it is Pala Alpitour… Read more »

Chris
Chris
25 days ago

Only Torino has the stadium to host.
Which country will do the contest in a 10.000 seat stadium? It is way too small these days.
Its weird that Italy doesnt have big indoor Arenas. I mean in Greece there are at least 4 with capacity more than 10.000

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Chris

It’s not too small. I hope there will be enough Italians to help fill it, especially for the two semi-finals.

Jimmy Smit
25 days ago
Reply to  Chris

It’s not exactly uncontroversial that Greece spent so much money on grand infrastructure projects like large stadiums and indoor arenas.

Chiarina
Chiarina
24 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Actually Italy has 6 indoor arenas with a capacity of at least 10,000 people, I don’t see what the problem is

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
24 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Chris, also in Italy we have 4 arenas having more than 10000 seats each. Turin Pala Alpitour (16k), Milan Forum (13k), Bologna Unipol Arena (18k) and Rome Pala Lottomatica (13k). These seats are reduced by the big stage required by ESC and the green room (if located inside the arena). The requirements are much more complex so many of the existing arenas in Europe (and also in Greece) are not suitable. Read the PDF issued by RAI and you will understand why the requirements restrict so much the possible locations. Height of the ceiling and its loading capacity. Availability of… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by Vincenzo
ROXELANA
ROXELANA
25 days ago

I also think that it will be either Milan or Turin.

Last edited 25 days ago by ROXELANA
Ashton
Ashton
25 days ago

I mean, if it’s not Turin at this point I’ll be shocked.

Alex
Alex
25 days ago

so it’s either Milan or Turin, most likely Turin since they considered them in 2017 and they had a new arena.

What a pity for Rome though 🙁 i think their arena does not meet the minimum requirements (ceiling/perimeter/extra space for dressing rooms/press centre)

Last edited 25 days ago by Alex
Stephane
Stephane
25 days ago

Milano (Palazzo delle Scintille)