Italy: Turin's City Council passes unitedly act to bid hosting Eurovision 2022
Turin has officially confirmed through its City Council that they will be joining the bidding race for hosting next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.
Turin's City Council passed an act unanimously according to which the city will bid to host 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. The act was voted unitedly by all 33 coucillors marking Turin the first city to officially declare its interest in hosting the next competition in May 2022.
Chiara Appendino the Mayor of Turin closed the council session formally announcing Turin’s candidacy.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. Now the city is waiting for the book of requirements to be released in order to build their bid.
Rai will hold a bidding process to determine which city will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, details will be revealed in due course. Local authorities and Mayors of cities across Italy have expressed their will to become the next Eurovosion host cities forming a list of at least 10 cities that have clearly confirmed their interest to host the 66th Eurovision Song Contest next year in Italy. Namely the cities that have shown interest for the next competition are:
- Reggio Emilia
- San Remo
According to EBU, for hosting Eurovision there are requirements to be met in order to aspire to host the event that brings an important induced in terms of number of tourists. In fact, not only the structure where Eurovision will be held must be evaluated , but also the accommodation capacity (to accommodate thousands of tourists) and above all the international connections.
Let's start immediately with the main and fundamental requirements by the EBU ( European Broadcasting Union) to be able to nominate a city and a specific structure.
- Arena or other closed structure (therefore no stadiums without coverage) with a capacity of at least 10,000 effective seats (calculating the presence of the stage) and a height of at least 18 meters.
- Convenient connections with one or more international airports.
- Adequate accommodation capacity (to accommodate tens of thousands of people, including tourists, journalists and delegations).
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.
The porcess for the host city will unfold over the next 2 months and is expected to reach to a final decision by the end of summer if we take into account the host city bid for the previous contest but an earlier date cannot be excluded.
News source: Eurofestivalnews.com