Vienna, Graz or Innsbruck? We’ll know by August 14
In the next few days the host city and venue will be decided for the ESC 2015. The decision is turning for ORF-General Director Alexander Wrabetz into a dance on a vulcano. 14th August seem to be the deadline with SPO and the Green party wanting to go to Vienna with OVP is in favour of Innsbruck.
It is clear that the decision a poker worth millions. The costs for ORF go up to 25 million euro with the cities giving some generous offers: Vienna Mayor Häupl and the Greens would put the city hall for free. Behind the scenes the nerves within the Viennese SPÖ nerves are high and it looks the mayor has to rework his offer.
Graz is currently seen as an outsider – but offers an ultra-modern city hall. In order to have the edge at the end, mayor Siegfried Nagl states that money is not any issue at all.
Scene 3 in the Eurovision Song Contest Crime: Innsbruck. Mayor Christine Oppitz-Plörer sent to Wrabetz on Wednesday a 50 pages thick “care package”: “After all, with the experience of an Olympic city in the Talon, “she says to ORF Chief Financial Officer Richard Grasl should also support Governor Platter. Innsbruck has the ORF offered to cover all expenses other than the direct cost of production.
Wrabetz is thus in though position. Should Vienna not get the job then SPO will be angry. In case Vienna is chosen then the OVP will put him under fire for not chosing the cheapest offer.
Officially, there are three candidates: But the European Broadcasting Union preferred Vienna. Not only the ORF really want to be in Vienna in order not to ship his whole technique through half of Austria. The EBU – European Broadcasting Union – want to go to Vienna. There are also a lot of good arguments: the name recognition and the image speak for the federal capital. The Vienna Stadthalle is preferred because the artist field (“Green Room”) could have again directly in the audience – which brings a spectacular TV experience like in Copenhagen. And ultimately also scores the hall capacity beyond the 12,000 fans mark.
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