The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many events across the globe, with restrictions easing on a gradual basis. Now members of Italian broadcaster RAI have revealed the Eurovision 2022 host venue, PalaOlimpico, is currently set to be at 65% capacity as a result of such restrictions.
The news was reported by local online newspaper Torino Oggi following the first training meeting of volunteers for this year’s contest in Turin.
Eurovision 2022 at 65% capacity
Tickets for Eurovision 2022 are not yet available for sale, but this information gives us some idea of how many fans will be able to attend.
When set up with an end stage, PalaOlimpico arena has a capacity of roughly 13,000 people. Reducing this to 65% would allow approximately 8,450 fans inside. Though, the exact dimensions of the Eurovision 2022 stage may alter these numbers.
During the meeting, it was also noted that the 65% capacity went along with a requirement for attendees to wear masks.
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However, this is not the final decision. Guido Rossi, Head of the Turin TV Production Centre, noted:
“We hope that in May we can work at maximum capacity, guaranteeing safety.”
Therefore, depending on how the pandemic develops over the next few months and what restrictions Italy still has in place at the time of the contest in May, we may see more spectators allowed into the PalaOlimpico arena.
Opening Ceremony and Eurovision Village
During the volunteer training meeting, it was discussed that there are also many events happening outside of PalaOlimpico.
The opening ceremony on 8 May has been confirmed to be taking place at The Palace of Venaria (Reggia di Venaria Reale). Here, acts will show up and show out along the red carpet (or whichever colour organisers decide to use for 2022).
Meanwhile, fans will be able to enjoy activities even if they’re not at the arena by attending the Eurovision Village. Italian media has previously noted that the village will be built in Piazza Castello, one of the central squares of Turin.
What do you think? Are you hoping to see Eurovision 2022 and PalaOlimpico arena running at 100% capacity in May? Let us know in the comments below.