The Southern Italian city of Bari in the Puglia region has become the latest city to express an interest in potentially hosting Eurovision 2022. There’s just one problem… they don’t have a venue ready that meets the requirements set out by RAI for hosting the contest. However, despite this, the city’s Mayor, Antonio Decaro, remains positive about Bari’s bid to host, as he has mentioned to Borderline24.
As far as requirements go, Bari ticks the boxes on two out of three. The city had adequate accommodation for all the delegations and fans, and also has an airport nearby, the Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport. The only thing they haven’t quite ticked off is the venue.
The PalaFlorio, which is a sports stadium, would seem the most likely option. However, the maximum audience size for concerts is only 6,000, which is far less than other bidding cities elsewhere in Italy. Despite not having a roof, Stadio San Nicola, a Football stadium, could be another option, as could Fiera del Levante, an exhibition and convention centre.
So far, a total of 12 cities across Italy have expressed their interest in hosting Eurovision 2022. Do you think any more cities will join the bidding process? Let us know in the comments below!