Italian broadcaster RAI have announced that the bidding process for host city of Eurovision 2022 has begun. The broadcaster will select a host city at the end of the bidding process. There are a number of rules and regulations that each potential host city must adhere to, as outlined by the European Broadcasting Union.
- The host city must have at least one international airport a maximum of 90 minutes from the city.
- There must be over 2,000 hotel rooms available in close proximity to the venue, for both delegations and fans.
- The host city must have a suitable venue capable of hosting a large scale event.
The European Broadcasting Union have outlined the requirements that the host venue should have, in order to be considered as host venue for the contest:
- It should be an indoors venue with a roof and air conditioning.
- The audience capacity for all of the shows must be between 8,000 and 10,000 minimum, which equates to 70% of the total capacity for the venue.
- There must be a main hall that has the capacity to house the set and all other requirements necessary to produce a large scale event.
- There must be a suitable space available for other necessary requirements, such as a press centre, delegation bubble, dressing rooms and other facilities for the delegations, as well as facilities for staff members and volunteers.
- The venue must be available for 6 weeks before the contest, 2 weeks during the contest, and 1 week after, so that everything can be taken down.
All of the Italian cities which are interested in putting in a bid to host Eurovision 2022 will be sent a list of all these requirements by RAI. The deadline for submitting their bid is Monday 12th July 2021 at 23:59 CET. All of the bids will be looked at by RAI and the EBU in the coming weeks to determine who will be the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The winning city will have to meet all of the criteria set out by the European Broadcasting Union.
Eurovision 2022 will mark the third time that Italy will host the contest, with the first two hostings being in 1965 and 1991 respectively. The contest returns to Italy after Måneskin’s triumphant win in Rotterdam with “Zitte e Buoni”. The host city and hosts of the show are expected to revealed in the coming weeks.
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