Eurovision 2023 hosting: Calls for Sunderland to bid to host the contest by local councillor

Eurovision 2023 hosting: Calls for Sunderland to bid to host the contest by local councillor
Monday, 20 June 2022

  • Sunderland's City Coucillor Dominic McDonough has made a call for the city to bid to host the next Eurovision Song Contest. 

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

    A local councillor in Sunderland is urging the city to bid to host the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Namely, Councillor McDonough  talking to Sunderland Echo said:

    “Sunderland has the facilities to host, with the Stadium of Light being a perfect venue and the Beacon of Light being a perfect space to host the press centre and Euroclub.”


    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.



    Sunderland as a potential Eurovision 2023 host city

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    Sunderland in Northern England. It is the City of Sunderland's administrative centre, within the Metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, the Historic County of Durham, and the North East Combined Authority area. The population is around 175,000. 

    Potential venue: Locals are prooposing the Stadium of Light as the potential venue if the contest was to take place in the city. The Stadium of Light is an all-seater football stadium in Sunderland, England, and the eighth and current home to Sunderland A.F.C. With an original capacity of 42,000, it was expanded in 2000 to seat 49,000. Its simple design is apparently to allow for redevelopments up to a capacity of 63,000. However, the stadiu lacks a rookftop which is a must of every Eurovision venue. 

    Transportation access: Newcastle Airport is a 55-minute Metro ride from Sunderland city centre; there is a Metro train connecting with the airport every 12–15minutes in both directions until about 11pm, Monday-Sunday. Teesside International Airport can be reached in less than one hour by car.

    The city features a new metro line and has an extensive network of buses and railway services. 


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


    News Source: Sunderland Echo / Eurovoix

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