Austrian broadcaster ORF has sent the detailed requirements for potential host venues of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, set to take place in Austria next May.
ORF will accept applications to host the event up to 13 June, when the open submissions are closed, and the decisions on the host city and venue will be decided. According to the document sent to all potential venues, the requirements are as follows:
- The venue must be available for a period of 6 weeks prior to the contest, as well as two dates in January and March for inspection with exclusive access
- The venue must be covered, sound and light insulated, be air conditioned, and have a capacity for a minimum of 10,000 spectators after the stage and technology instalments are set, and a 300 person capacity for green room area for artists and delegations (can be in the hall, or adjacent to the venue)
- Minimum ceiling height of 15m required
- 6,000 sq. ft. open area (in addition to the above) for backstage, logistics (catering, wardrobe, make-up rooms, viewing room, commentary boxes)
- Appropriate press centre area for 1,500 journalists
- Space for hosting the sponsors with a capacity of around 1,000 guests must be available
Also being considered are the hotel, transportation, and other logistical requirements of the host city. So far, a number of venues have been tapped as potential sites to host the Eurovision Song Contest, although with the revelation of the new requirements, a number of those will not fit within the scale required to host the event.
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