Before it was official that the United Kingdom will be hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, a few cities expressed their interest in hosting next year’s contest. One of the cities that expressed their intention is Sheffield. The city has now confirmed that they will be entering a bid to host the contest.
Music runs through our blood and we put on a good show
Upon revealing that they will be entering a bid to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, the city has hosted major events, such as the World Snooker Championship, the MK John Wilson Trophy Grand Prix, and even recently, the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022. The city will be putting forward the Utilita Sheffield Arena which has a capacity of 13,600 spectators.
Councillor Martin Smith, the Chair of the Economic Development and Skills Committee at Sheffield City Council has released the following statement:
Sheffield is made for hosting Eurovision – music runs through our blood and we put on a good show. We’ve been hosting the World Snooker Championship for over 45 years, we’ve welcomed thousands of fans to UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, and just this weekend Sam Ryder wowed absolutely everyone at Tramlines Festival.
“We have the infrastructure, the venues, the hospitality, and the transport links. We also have one of the strongest creative and cultural sectors in the country.
“We have a long and important relationship with Ukraine, particularly with our twinned city of Donetsk. This began in 1956, and intensified during the 1980s – aided by the similarities of our cities, both having a steel and mining heritage.
“As the UK’s first designated City of Sanctuary, we’re reaching out to offer our city not only as a place of sanctuary, but as a place to celebrate the unity and togetherness that Eurovision symbolises.
“Sheffield stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine – we are putting ourselves forward to host Eurovision 2023 to do its people proud.”Councillor Martin Smith Chair of the Economic Development and Skills Committee at Sheffield City Council
Which cities are in the running to host Eurovision 2023
The following cities have confirmed that they will be bidding to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest:
The following cities have publicly stated that they are intending to submit a bid to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest:
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News Source: SheffNews
Photo Credit: Utilita Sheffield Arena