Eurovision 2022: Turin first city to submit application to host the next contest
Turin has submitted their application for hosting the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, becoming the first candidate city of the ESC 2022 host city bidding race.
Following the Turin's City Council act that unanimously declared officially their intention to pursuit the hosting of the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest, the city has filed formally its application, marking the first candidate city of the Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process.
Through a post on facebook, Turin's Mayor Ms. Chiara Appendino has officially announced the city's candidacy for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022. Precisely she mentions:
TURIN'S CANDIDACY FOR HOSTING THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2022
I signed the application letter yesterday.
We are talking about the most followed non-sporting event in the world. With hundreds of millions of spectators, worldwide range of view of our Turin and indisputable economic repercussions. With the extraordinary victory of the Måneskin at the last Eurovision it is up to Italy to host the next edition.
We are applying because our city has all the credentials and we believe it is the best option in the field on which to make the choice. We have spaces with suitable capacities, in the heart of the city and easily accessible.
As far as hospitality is concerned, our accommodation offer is able to accommodate the thousands of people that the event will attract.
But - among others - there is another fundamental point that should lead to choose Turin: we have already been a proven stage for international events that we have brought here in recent years, capable of putting the skills of an entire city at the service of 'Eurovision.
Not only. Also thanks to these events, Turin has recently become a Ryanair hub, guaranteeing even more connection flights between Turin and the rest of the world.
We are ready and determined. As always, we will do our best to bring Eurovision to Turin and leave this legacy to the citizens as well.
Good luck, Turin.
Turin's Eurovision 2022 package
The city that has seen major growth and infrastructure development due to the Olympics back in 2006, with the Palasport Olimpico (currently PalaAlpitour) standing out. The name of the city came up back in 2017 when Italy was won of the favorites to win the contests and in preliminary discussions was one of the potential host cities.
The availiable Arena
The PalaAlpitour is the largest structure that the city of Turin can offer, capable of hosting (in the configuration with a side stage) up to 13,347 people. Structure height : 18 meters.
Unlike the previous cities mentioned in this research, Turin can count on a single international airport, that of Caselle (known as Sandro Pertini International Airport, 16 km northwest of the city).
The connections are guaranteed by a railway line between the airport and the peripheral station of Dora (here it is necessary to take the Dora Express bus to reach the center, for a distance of 19 + 15 minutes) or opt for the bus service with connections to the Porta Susa and Porta Nuova stations (journey time about 30 minutes).
In addtion the city can be accessed via the Malpensa Airport in Milano which is 1,5 hour away from the city and has a major number of flights to numerous international destinations.
In terms of accommodation capacity, Turin can count on almost 38,000 beds and just under 18,000 rooms in hotels and similar structures (latest Istat data).
The Eurovision 2022 host city bidding race
The Italian broadcaster has released the terms for the Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process, inviting the cities that ambition to host the next contest to send in their applications from July 7, 2021 until July 12, 11:59 pm. All applications should be sent to RAI via email at the following address: email@example.com.
The cities that want to host the competition should meet EBU's requirements and rules and contribute financially to the event's organization. A total of 12 Italian cities declared their desire to host the next competiton, as soon as Maneskin were crowned winners in Rotterdam. These are:
- Reggio Emilia
- San Remo
However, not all fo them seem to fulfill the conditions set by EBU in order to be a sufficient host city for Eurovision 2022. Namely, four cities only seem to meet EBU's requirements:
In the past years when the contest was a hosted in Italy, it took place in Naples, in 1965, after the victory of Gigliola Cinquetti and in Rome in 1991, after the victory of Toto Cutugno.
RAI and EBU are expected to reach to a final decision by the end of summer if we take into account the host city process for the previous contest but an earlier date cannot be excluded. The date in which the next contest will take place remain unknown with the respective announcement expected the following weeks.
News Source: FB Chiara Appendino/ Eurofestivalnews.com
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