Eurovision 2020 – Five cities have submitted their bids to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands next May. The five cities are Rotterdam, Den Bosch, Maastricht, Arnhem and Utrecht.
Arnhem’s bid would see them having to build a temporary stadium for the local football club, Vitesse, to move into for 8 weeks. Utrecht simply doesn’t have a big enough venue and are taking about a huge tent. Utrecht also doesn’t even meet the criteria required, telling delegates they’ll be taking public transport instead of cars. We’re not sure either of these will be favourable options for the EBU/ national broadcaster.
Maastricht has the support of famous violinist, Andre Rieu, and is used to organising his annual home concerts for tens of thousands of fans from around the world.
Rotterdam has the largest and most viable venue.
Ms. Shula Rijxman (CEO of NPO) with the bids (Photo credit: NPO)
As usual, the key to winning the bid is to have a suitable venue, easy transport links and, perhaps most importantly, sufficient hotels and accommodation in the area for delegations and fans. Rotterdam and Maastricht are the two favourites.
The winning city will be announced in August.