Eurovision 2022: Rimini's bid to host next year's contest
Rimini in one of the 17 Italian cities that has submitted officially an application with the ambition to host the 66th Eurovision Song Contest next year in Italy.
One more Italian city, this time from its northern east coast, Rimini, has joined the race along with 16 more cities, all aiming to welcome next year's contest which is set to take place in Italy after Maneskin's victory in Rotterdam last May.
Mayor Andrea Gnassi signed the expression of interest which was sent within the deadlines set by Rai, the host broadcaster of the next competition. The Mayor said about the city's candidacy:
"The city of Rimini meets all the requirements of the RAI call: it has an international airport to which another 2 are added one hour and less than an hour and a half away, has a hotel offer of over 1,100 hotels with more than 36,000 rooms and a multifunctional infrastructure suitable for hosting the event according to the specific requests published in the notice.
Infrastructures, spaces and locations for pre and after show events. The Fair (Rimini Expo Centre) has shown that it can organize concerts with at least 10 thousand people and is served by trains and shuttles. All this, combined with the great history that has always linked the city of Rimini to music and contemporary sensitivity for the sounds that look at Europe."
To support the candidacy of the Municipality of Rimini, the DMC Visit Rimini which is ready to contribute in the organization of infrastructures and logistics which will secure that the whole city and its territory will be involved in the event.
The potential venue
Rimini's proposal for hosting the competition is based on the Rimini Expo Centre. Designed by the GMP Practice in Hamburg, it occupies a total area of 460 thousand square metres: 169,000 square metres of usable space, 109,000 of gross exhibition space, 16 single-level halls. It can welcome around 10,000 viewres and includes a reception, technical and service areas, a functional and technical operations centre, a press room with national radio and television transmission centre, restaurants, self-service, snack bars. The Centre is laid out on a single level and is fully cabled.
On the other hand, the possibilities of 105 Stadium and Palasport Flaminio, the two arenas that have characterized the present and past history of sport (and not only) in Rimini, are unrealistic, at least in terms of the actual competition.
The Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process
The Italian national broadcaster, RAI, has announced that 17 cities have submitted an application to run in the Eurovision 2022 host city process.
RAI will pass to the candidate cities the bid book which will enclose all the terms and requirements for hosting the next competition. The candidate cities should develop and send in their respective bid books by August 4, while the EBU and RAi will come to a final decision by the end of the month.
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.