#Eurovision 2015: 12 venues bid for hosting
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – For the past Eurovision editions (with the notable exception of Baku 2012), the choice of the host city was a highly debated one by broadcasters. In an Olympic-like tradition, host countries now tend to take the time to choose the best solution and ask interested venues and cities to bid.
This year is no exception, and we still don’t know where Eurovision 2015 will be held. But at least, now we know the different options since the bidding deadline was reached today.
ÖRF has received official bids from 7 cities and 12 possible venues. Let’s have a closer look at the contenders:
Vienna, the capital city, is of course a front runner with 5 proposed venues, 1 permanent arena (Stadthalle, 16,000), and 4 temporary locations (Sissi’s Schönbrunn palace, Heldenplatz square, Krieau Trabrennbahn horse racing track, and St. Marx closed…cemetery).
Schwechat, in the outskirts of Vienna, also proposed to host the show in an aircraft hangar close to Vienna International Airport.
Graz, Austria’s second largest city, is also bidding with 2 potential venues, the Stadthalle and Conference Center, and a leisure complex called Schwarzl-Freizeitzentrum.
Fifth largest city of the country, and Austrian Olympic capital, Innsbruck (home of the 1964 and 1976 winter Olympics, as well as the 2012 winter youth Olympics), is bidding also with the Olympiahalle (12,000), part of the OlympiaWorld complex.
Klagenfurt is proposing its Wörthersee Stadion, built for Euro 2008. Since the stadium has no roof, one cannot see how it would fit with EBU criteria…
Wels, the eighth largest city could also host the event in the Messehalle, a conference complex that is currently under expansion.
Oberwarth (7,000 inhabitants) could become a new version of Millstreet 1993. The Messezentrum MEZO, with a capacity of 10,000 could be a dark horse.
Out of the race are the third and the fourth cities of Austria. Linz mayor declared that his city has no suitable venue. In the meantime, Salzburg rejected any idea of hosting Eurovision since the “Classical Music Capital” doesn’t think the biggest pop music event in the world could fit with its classical image.
From now on, ÖRF will start studying and evaluating the 12 bids keeping in mind its criteria: minimum capacity of 10,000, no open air arena, a 7 to 8-week availability, climate controlled space, minimum ceiling height of 15m, a 6000 m2 backstage area, a 4000 m2 press centre….
A decision is to be reached by September, even though we can guess that Vienna’s Stadthalle is on the top of the list. But it’s still too early to book your plane tickets… just be patient!