The OVO Hydro Arena got a starring role in the Netflix hit Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. And now it seems that the fictional movie may well have predicted the future. Bookies at William Hill and Smarkets have the Scottish city down as the big favourite to host Eurovision 2023 if it comes to the U.K.
More than ten cities — from London to Manchester to Wolverhampton — have already expressed their interest in hosting the song contest, following the news that Ukraine won’t have the opportunity to. But bets are flowing to Scotland’s biggest city — via the River Clyde and the West Central Lowlands.
Eurovision 2023 host city odds: Glasgow heavy favourite
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William Hill currently lists the city as the favourite with odds of 8/13. That puts it well ahead of second favourite London (10/3) and third-favourite Manchester. Birmingham comes in at 7/1. Things start to widen pretty quickly after that with Liverpool (14/1), Cardiff (18/1) and Aberdeen (20/1).
It’s a similar story at Smarkets. Glasgow is the favourite at 1.92, followed by London (5), Birmingham (6), Manchester (7.4) and Liverpool (16.5). Aberdeen, Belfast and Cardiff all come in at 20.
Glasgow’s OVO Hydro Arena certainly has the infrastructure to host the song contest. In the coming months it will play host to artists including Andrea Bocelli, George Ezra, Swedish House Mafia, Machine Gun Kelly, Billy Idol, Westlife, Florence + The Machine, Justin Bieber and Eurovision winner Celine Dion.
Given the top-notch artists it attracts, it’s no surprise that as recently as 2019, the venue was the second busiest in the world behind only Madison Square Garden in New York City. With more than one million visitors every year, it regularly features in the Top 10 list of busiest arenas globally, out-performing the likes of Manchester Arena in England and the Sydney Super Dome in Australia.
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