The EBU have announced today that 17 cities and regions have expressed an interest in hosting Eurovision 2022, 31 years after the last Italian contest was hosted in Rome.
The cities and regions include:
- Acireale (Catania)
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
- Jesolo (Venice)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
- Sanremo (Imperia)
The host city will have to meet the stringent requirements set by the EBU and RAI, the Italian host broadcaster.
The host city must have:
- an international airport within 90 minutes from the city.
- over 2,000 hotel rooms or other accomodation in the area.
- a large-scale venue capable of hosting an international event.
The potential venue must also:
- be indoors with air-conditioning
- have a capacity of at least 8,000-10,000 during the event (accounting the space that the stage, tech, green room, etc. will need).
- have easy access to the main hall to accommodate additional production needs.
- contain space for areas such as the press centre, dressing rooms, hospitality, staff facilities, etc.
- be exclusively available for nine weeks (six weeks for set-up, two weeks for the shows, and one week for take-down).
On Wednesday 14th July 2021, each city will receive a big book from RAI. They will have until 4th August 2021 to make their case as to how they can meet the requirements set out above.
News source: EBU
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