Italy's broadcaster Rai announces Eurovision Host City bid process 🇮🇹07 July 2021 at 16:00 CEST
The 2022 Contest will be organised by Rai under the supervision of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), with the Italian broadcaster selecting a Host City at the end of a bidding process with a number of fixed criteria set in place by the EBU. Some of those conditions are listed below.
The Host City must have:
- An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.
- Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.
- An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.
The infrastructure should:
- Be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter;
- Have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event (which corresponds to 70% of maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, taking into consideration the specific stage and production needs of the Eurovision Song Contest);
- Have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production (this includes good specifications of load capacity in the roof, clearance to low beams, easy load in access, etc);
- Have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc;
- Be available exclusively for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.
Full details will be sent from Rai to all Italian cities that indicate they are interested in hosting the Contest; they have until Monday 12 July (at 23:59 CEST). Bid books are expected to be presented to Rai and the EBU in the coming summer weeks.
The honour of hosting the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be awarded to one of the candidate cities on the condition they can meet all of the criteria set out by the EBU, as well as state their ability to support the Contest through services and economic contributions.
There’s a long way to go in the bidding process and though many cities are expected to throw their hat in to the ring, fans are advised not to book travel or accommodation until full details of the event are revealed later in the year once a Host City has been confirmed.