It’s the €87 million venue built to host ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. And now the mayor of Turin is hoping that the Pala Alpitour will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
On Friday mayor Chiara Appendino revealed that she’d signed and submitted the city’s application to become Eurovision 2022 host city.
Writing on Facebook she sounded supremely confident as she explained why the city — known for its art nouveau cafes and tree-lined boulevards — had thrown its name into the mix.
“We’re running because our city has all the cards in order and we think it’s the best option on the field to make your choice,” she said. As you can read below, she understands the power of Eurovision as a programme, but also as a vehicle to raise the city’s profile and to top up its coffers.
“We’re talking about the world’s most followed non-sporting event.”
“With hundreds of millions of viewers, world visibility of our Turin and unquestionable economic uplift.
“With the extraordinary victory of the Måneskin at the last Eurovision, Italy is hosting the next edition.
“We’re running because our City has all the cards in order and we think it’s the best option on the field to make your choice.
“We have spaces with suitable capabilities, with the full city and region within easy reach.
“As for hospitality….[we’re] able to welcome the thousands of people the event will attract.
“But – among other things – there is another fundamental point that should lead to choosing Turin: we’re already a proven international stage [and] able to put the skills of an entire city at the service of Eurovision.
“Turin has recently become Ryanair hub, guaranteeing even more air links between Turin and the rest of the world.
“We are ready and determined. As always, we’ll try hard to bring Eurovision to Turin and leave this legacy to the citizens.”
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Turin submits Eurovision 2022 host city bid with Pala Alpitour
Turin, of course, gave the world the Fiat. That’s appropriate for a city that has made the world go vroom, vroom with some pretty big events, many of which are hosted at the Pala Alpitour (also known as the Palasport Olimpico or PalaIsozaki).
As the mayor pointed out, it has vast experience welcoming the world, as seen with Bellator 176, the men’s world volleyball championships and EuroCup basketball.
With a maximum capacity of 16,600, it routinely hosts large-scale concerts for Italian stars (Il Volo, Elisa, Marco Mengoni), but also their international counterparts (Madonna, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, 5 Seconds of Summer and, as you can see above, U2).
The venue will serve as host for the next five ATP Finals — the year-end championships for the men’s tennis tour.
As our friends at EuroFestival News in Italy report, there’s great political will to make Eurovision 2022 happen in Turin. Two distinct motions were supported by unanimous vote in the Piedmontese Regional Council to help make it happen.
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