UKRAINE – Ukrainian Minister of Sports considers NSC Olimpiyskiy the suitable venue for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Minister Igor Zhdanov considers that it’s an ideal venue for the fans, the delegations, the performers and the guests. 40,000 auditors are speculated to attend the event marking the 2nd time we have such a large audience after Copenhagen Eurovision edition in 2001. The only problem with that arena is the roof, which is needed to fulfil the EBU pre-requisites. Soon there will be a budget proposal for that. Minister also assured that security will be at maximum level involving also the army.
Minister of Finance of Ukraine Alexander Danyluk said that in a month we will know the shot city for Eurovision 2017. There will be several cities bidding and each one has to propose a project which will create a sustainable proposal which will be ideal for sponsors to take part in it. Most cities have already surplus in their budgets and with a slight help from sponsors and donors the hosting would be possible. Accommodation, venue, transportation and international flights will also be taken in high consideration.
EBU’s Reference Group will land in Ukraine on June 1st to contribute with logistics knowledge on how to select the host city, how to plan the organisation in terms of logistics as Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyshchuk said. Organising Eurovision 2017 will be a collaboration of NTU, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economics and Development and other agencies an European partners. The final decision will be taken by EBU’s Reference Group. Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk and Irpen are already bidding for hosting the event next year.
And now about the cost. First Deputy Head of Kyiv City State Administration estimates he cost to 10 million Euros (the cheapest Eurovision event since 2004) although rumours on local press talk about 14+ million Euros. 10% of the budget is expected to be funded by sponsors while 75% of the budget is expected to be covered by ticket sales, participation fees and BIG 5 fees.
Mayor advisor, Dmitry Belotserkovets already considers Kyiv to win the hosting bid and declares that Sagaidachniy str in Podil will be suitable for a pedestrian area where all fans could walk into Hydropark where the Eurovillage is speculated. There are also many concerns if another city should host the event as it will help boost the local economy and tourism since Eurovision 2017 is the ultimate event to promote the country’s image (and obviously the host city image) to the entire planet.