Eurovision 2015: it’s Vienna & Wiener Stadthalle
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – The choice was approved by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU/EUROVISION) and the Reference Group, the contest’s governing body on behalf of the participating public broadcasters.
“Vienna is the city of music and arts in the heart of Europe. Together we will do everything to assure a successful 60th Eurovision Song Contest.” says Director General of ORF, Alexander Wrabetz.
“We are very pleased with ORF’s decision to choose Vienna as the host city of the next Eurovision Song Contest,” says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervision on behalf of the EBU. “We are confident the city has the experience, people and the facilities to host the world’s foremost entertainment event. With the cooperation between Vienna, ORF and the EBU, I’m sure we’ll see three amazing shows in May.”
Information about ticket sales and hotel bookings is expected later this year. A large number of hotel rooms have been block booked in Vienna for delegates, journalists and fans. The list of countries represented in the 2015 contest is usually announced in early January.
Today, the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest have revealed that it’s the Wiener Stadthalle that will be the arena for the upcoming contest. What is this arena all about? It is located in the 15th district of Vienna and it was designed by the Austrian architect Roland Rainer and built from 1953 to 1958.
The arena has an overall seating capacity of approximately 16,000 people. This will depends largely on the equipment installed at the arena but even more so on the stage. The amount of available capacity for all the shows will be announced in the upcoming months when these details are finalised.
The arena comprises of 6 halls: A and B (gymnasiums), C (ice arena), D (main hall, mostly for concerts ), E (for smaller events) and F for more intimate concerts. In 1974, the additional Stadthallenbad, a public swimming pool, was built.
Some of the world’s biggest stars have performed at the arena, from Bob Dylan to Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber to the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest winner Celine Dion. The next superstar to take the stage there is Lady Gaga. The 60th Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place in Vienna, Austria on the 19th, 21st and 23rd of May.