Eurovision 2023 hosting: Birmingham added on the list of cities interested in hosting the contest

Eurovision 2023 hosting: Birmingham added on the list of cities interested in hosting the contest
Wednesday, 22 June 2022

  • The list of UK cities interested in hosting Eurovision 2023 is geting longer as Birmingham joins the gorup of cities that are into hosting the next contest. 

    Following the EBU's decision Ukraine not to host next year's contest and after starting talks with UK's BBC, cites across the country as queing up to express their interest in hosting the next Eurovision Song Contest. 

    Birmingham is one more city that is eyeing a potential hosting of the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest next year. While the city is already set to host the Commonwealth Games in the summer, the idea of having the contest hosted  for a second time in the city is receiving more supporters. 

    Local politicians, authorities and the admistrative executives of the two venues located in the city are urging for a bid to host the next competition.  

    Namely, Andy Street (The Mayor of West Midlands) says:

    "The news that Eurovision 2023 could be held in the UK on behalf of Ukraine presents a great opportunity for the West Midlands to shine. Not only are we one of the most diverse regions across the whole of Europe, but we also have a proud history with this much-loved song contest, which has become a fixture of cultural life here and on the continent.

    The last time the UK hosted Eurovision it was right here in Birmingham, and so there is absolutely no reason our city and the wider region cannot host this extravaganza again. I will personally be making contact with the Director General of the BBC, who has spearheaded their recent significant investment into Birmingham, to see how we can best take this forward."

     

    In addition, Ian Ward (Birmigham City Councilor) stated:

    "To host such an iconic event would be a tremendous honour for our city, especially in light of such a difficult and challenging time for Ukraine.

    Our hearts go out to them and as a city we are eager to lend our support in any way that we can. The Concert for Ukraine, held at Resorts World Arena back in March, really showed how music can unite us even in the most uncertain and troublesome of times.

    We’re ready to step up to the occasion for the people of Ukraine and make music fans from across the world proud."

     

    EBU's requirements for hosting Eurovision 

    In order for a city to host the Eurovision SOng Contest in 2022 it must meet a specific number of  requirements. Namely the host city must have: 

    • An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.

    • Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.

    • An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.

    In addtion the infrastructure should:

    • Be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter;

    • Have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event (which corresponds to 70% of maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, taking into consideration the specific stage and production needs of the Eurovision Song Contest);

    • Have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production (this includes good specifications of load capacity in the roof, clearance to low beams, easy load in access, etc);

    • Have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc;

    • Be available exclusively for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.

     

    Birmingham as a potential Eurovision 2023 host city

    Resorts World, Birmingham. Architects

    Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands region of England. It is the second-largest city in the United Kingdom,with a population of 1.145 million in the city proper, 2.92 million in the West Midlands metropolitan county and approximately 4.3 million in the wider metropolitan area. 

    Potential venue: Utilita Arena and the Resorts World Arena are the two potential venues for Eurovision 2023. While they both can house a total of 16.000 people Utilita Arena has aleady hosted the contest in the past back in 1998 known then as the National Indoor Arena. 

    Transportation: Birmingham Airport, located 6 miles (9.7 km) east of the city centre in the neighbouring borough of Solihull, is the seventh busiest airport by passenger traffic in the UK and the third busiest outside the London area.

    Accommodation: Finind a place to stay in the city is not a problem as the location us used to accepting big numbers of visitors in other occasions as sports events and  music festivals. 

     

    The decision on the Eurovision 2023 host city is expected to come officially out sometime between August and October. 

     

    News Source: ESCToday

    Cover: businesslive.co.uk / image: chetwoods.com

     

     

     

     

AUTHORS