Eurovision 2017 – The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine has today confirmed that all three cities bidding to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 are still in with a chance. Kyiv, Dnipro and Odessa have all passed the EBU’s checks that hosting the event in the city would be feasible. Ukrainian Ministry of Culture spokesperson, Yulia Datsenko, told Interfax-Ukraine that now a technical assessment will look at which one would be best. There is still no formal deadline set for the announcement of the winning city. The deputy director of NTU did suggest the date of 24th of August however.
The city of Dnipro proposes to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in the Meteor Arena, which is currently under construction and could fit up to 9,500 spectators, as well as the Press Centre and the EuroClub.
Odessa proposes the Chornomorets Stadium, which has a capacity of some 10,000 spectators, as venue for the contest. The building would need to be upgraded with a roof, which the city is prepared to construct in time before the contest.
Kyiv originally proposed to host next year’s contest at the Palace of Sports, which also hosted the 2005 contest. The venue, which is centrally located, has a capacity of nearly 10,000 spectators. NTUs Director General has however announced that if it is Kyiv, the venue will have to be the International Exhibition Centre which can hold up to 13,000 as the palace of Sports needs too much renovation.