Eurovision fever is about to hit the 2018 Eurovision host city as the Portuguese capital is preparing to welcome thousands of Eurovision fans next May.
Let’s check out the 2018 ESC venue, the MEO Arena, which is located at Parque de Naçoes in Lisbon.
The MEO Arena (Atlantic Pavillion) has the capacity of accommodating circa 20,000 spectators and is located in the Expo 98 complex in the Portuguese capital. The venue is very close to Lisbon’s International Airport and there are lots of restaurants, hotels, attractions and entertainment hubs in the proximity, including the Vasco de Gama Shopping Centre and the Lisbon Ocenarium.
The multi purpose indoor arena lies next to the extraordinary Oriente Station overlooking the Tagus river. The Eurovision arena is just a 20 minute ride from downtown Lisbon by metro. Lisbon’s metro is an excellent means of transport connecting the 2018 Eurovision arena both to the city centre and airport.
The MEO Arena was built in 1998 specially for the Lisbon Expo 98 and designed by Regino Cruz. The arena has great experience in hosting both international sports and musical events, accommodating thousands of spectators. The MEO Arena consists of a number of halls and venues: The MEO Arena Hall (Eurovision venue), The Tejo Hall, Business Centre, Moche Room, Arena Box and Portugal Pavillion.
We must not forget that the MEO Arena is a versatile venue which can adjust itself and has great experience in hosting a variety of events such as trade fairs, concerts, conventions, corporate meetings, catering, seminars and corporate meetings. Having hosted circa 1,900 events in is 19 year history it is amongst Europe’s most sought after arenas and the perfect place to host Eurovision come May!
A sneak peek of the 2018 Eurovision venue.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May in Lisbon, Portugal.