The deadline for Italian cities to submit their bids to host Eurovision 2022 passed on Monday. And in recent days we’ve seen places like Turin, Pesaro, Bologna, Jesolo and Remini all confirm that they have sent in proposals to RAI. Now, the host broadcaster has revealed that a total of 17 cities are in contention to host next year’s song contest.
17 Italian cities bidding to host Eurovision 2022
In a short press release, RAI lists the 17 cities that have responded to its call for expressions of interest. They are:
- Acireale (Catania)
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
- Jesolo (Venice)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse),
- Sanremo (Imperia)
The next stage will see all the candidates receive a more detailed document with the necessary requirements for hosting Eurovision. These bid books will be delivered to the candidate cities on Wednesday 14 July and must be submitted to RAI by Wednesday 4 August. The final decision will be made by RAI in conjunction with the EBU by the end of August.
Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process
Italian broadcaster RAI has issued some very important parameters for the candidate cities. 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 that 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 the 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.
Which city are you most excited to see on the list? Where do you want to go next May? Let us know in the comments.