Host City Announcement for Eurovision 2017 postponed
Posted 25 August, 2016, 12:15
The announcement of the Host City of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest has been postponed. Ukrainian broadcaster NTU has confirmed that this is due to some final details which need consideration. As both the EBU and NTU have previously communicated, this is the most critical decision that will be made about the 2017 competition, and so the necessary time must be taken to ensure that the right Host City is selected. The announcement will be made at a later date.
The Candidate Cities
Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine. With a population of nearly 3 million, it is the largest city in Ukraine. Officially, Kyiv was founded in 482 (A.D.).
The capital of Ukraine hosted three Eurovision events before; the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2012. In 2012, the city's newly renovated Olimpiyskiy Stadium hosted the final of the EURO2012 football tournament.
The Ukrainian capital previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 as well as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. The city plans to host the 2017 contest at the International Exhibition Centre, the largest venue of its kind in Ukraine with capacity for 11,000 spectators.
With approximately a million inhabitants, Dnipro is the fourth largest city in Ukraine. The city, until recently named Dnipropetrovsk, only recently decided to shorten its name.
Dnipro is situated nearly 400 kilometres southeast from Kyiv. Compared to the capital, Dnipro is a relatively young city, founded in 1776.
The city of Dnipro proposes to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in the EuroArena, which is currently under construction and could fit up to 9,500 spectators, as well as the Press Centre and the EuroClub.
Situated on the north-western shore of the Black Sea, Odesa is one of Ukraine's most popular summer tourism destinations. The city has a population of roughly one million people and is slightly bigger than Dnipro. The city was founded in 1794, originally as strategically located port.
In a bold move, Odesa 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.