Seventeen Italian cities stand before RAI and the EBU. However, according to local media reports, only three are in with a chance of hosting Eurovision 2022 — Milan, Turin and Bologna. That’s because none of the other candidate locations currently boast a suitable venue which meets all the requirements for hosting the song contest.
Reports say only Milan, Turin and Bologna meet all the requirements for Eurovision 2022
The news that many suspected came about after TriestePrima made some enquiries about the feasibility of Trieste’s own bid. The website interviewed a number of industry experts in the region, who determined that no venue in the city currently meets two essential parameters — namely the capability to host an audience of 8,000 to 10,000 people and a ceiling height of about 18 metres with capacity to support loads on the roof. Trieste’s main indoor arena, the PalaTrieste can hold a seated audience of about 7,000. Meanwhile, the Stadio Nereo Rocco footdoor arena holds up to 24,500 seated fans but lacks a roof.
These same experts determine that “in reality” only Milan, Turin and Bologna boast structures which meet all the requirements. While successful bids from other cities may seem unlikely, they cannot be ruled out completely. Eurovision has been held in a number of unorthodox locations over the years. Eurovision 2014 took place inside a converted industrial hall on an island in Copenhagen. In 1993, the song contest came from an equestrian arena in rural Ireland.
Eurovision 2022 bidding process
- Acireale (Catania)
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
- Jesolo (Venice)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
- Sanremo (Imperia)
The next stage will see all the candidates complete a more detailed document with the necessary requirements for hosting Eurovision. These bid books 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.
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