Cardiff will not proceed with its host city application for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. That’s despite earlier calls from both the Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government to bring the contest to The Principality Stadium.
Kevin Brennan, a member of Parliament, had floated the idea of staging the contest inside the national stadium of Wales, which previously hosted the 1999 Rugby World Cup and football matches during the 2012 Olympics. That idea soon caught fire, drawing support from Huw Edwards, the BBC’s most high-profile news presenter.
Clearly Eurovision should be held at the Principality Stadium (roof closed) Cardiff with 70,000 partygoers – no brainer— Kevin Brennan MP (@KevinBrennanMP) June 17, 2022
Cardiff cancels plans for Eurovision 2023 host city bid
The stadium’s popularity has been its undoing with regards to hosting Eurovision.
In a joint statement, officials from the Welsh government, Cardiff city council and the stadium explained that there are simply too many events already slated during the Eurovision period. As you’ll recall, the venues typically need to be available for six weeks before the final and a week after for dismantling.
Here’s their statement in full.
“Since it was confirmed that the UK would host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and Principality Stadium have been working at pace to establish the feasibility of a bid to host the event in Wales’ capital city.”
“Cardiff’s very strong track record in hosting major events, and the world-class Principality Stadium, would have made it a natural fit for such a significant production.”
“The BBC, as the event organisers, have released detailed specifications for each city wishing to bid to host the event. As partners, we have been working through these in detail. It is clear that on many of these Cardiff would have a very strong case to become the host city for Eurovision 2023.”
“However, the complexity of staging the event means that a significant number of scheduled events in the Principality Stadium during Spring 2023 would have to be cancelled as a result. These include the European Wheelchair Rugby Championships, ‘The Road to Principality’, a key event in the WRU Community rugby calendar, and a major international artist contracted to appear, among other events.”