THE NETHERLANDS – Local newspaper reveals what EBU and NPO plan for the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, or at least what they wish to do. In the following outline, we present you in a comprehensive way the entire plan of theirs.
AHOY arena will be booked for 8 weeks. Three weeks for the stage construction, there weeks for rehearsals (inducing technical and mock rehearsals) one week for the live shows and one week for the venue to be completely empty.
There are provisions for the dressing rooms to be 15 days before the rehearsals ready. A dressing room is generally 20 square meters and we do have to take into account the extra spaces are required for presenters and opening and interval acts, among other things. Delegations count on average 35 people with offshoots to 52 people. The rooms have to be ready 15 days before the final.
3.000 rooms are booked by the organisers from hotels in a distance of 30 minutes from the venue for delegations, media, crew and VIPs. For the fans there is estimated that there are 20,000 rooms available within an hour distance from the venue.
The Rotterdam Ahoy will naturally transform into a bunker during its Eurovision season. The security will include a plan of airport security and a closed area.
The stage is estimated to be at least 40 meters wide, 25 meters deep and 16 meters high.
There is a a wish for free transportation for the 10,000 accredited visitors in Rotterdam. The organization requires space for 10,000 accredited delegation members. In addition to the 1,100 artists and their support staff, around 1,550 members of the press are also welcome. The crew counts 3,000 people and then the security staff and the police boost the number to around 1,400 people. VIPs, suppliers and others are in the books as another 2,500 people and then there are 400 super fans (aka accredited fans).
Ticket prices will be determined by the national broadcaster and the EBU as AHOY Arena will only receive later on the rent or the venue. AHOY arena made a serious discount in their rent pice and ticket prices are still a bi talk within the organisers as complaints grow every year by the fans.