Eurovision 2020: Den Bosch joins the host city bidding race

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 2,214 views

Another city in the Netherlands, Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch), joins the list of cities wishing to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands next year.

Brabanthallen (photo credit: ANP/Omroep Brabant)

Den Bosch is keen to welcome the Eurovision Song Contest at the Brabanthallen come 2020. The city is located in the south of the Netherlands and is the capital of North Brabant.

Den Bosch is close to the Belgian and German border and in close proximity to Eindhoven Airport.

Eindhoven Airport has direct flight connections with Spain, Greece, Malta, United Kingdom, North Macedonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Israel, France, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Latvia, Hungary, Poland etc.

There are also direct trains connecting Amsterdam and Utrecht to Den Bosch.

Den Bosch is quite eager to host the forthcoming 2020 Eurovision Song Contest next year. The city is well known for its cuisine, museums and historic dwellings.

Mr. Jeroen Dona (Brabanthallen Director) says:

I dare to state that there is no location at all like this in Brabant. We are the largest and actually the only Brabant location with sufficient capacity to house such an immense event.

As we can now estimate it fits like a glove. And our largest hall is already slightly larger than the one in Tel Aviv.

We have a total of eight halls here that are easily connected to each other and also have their own access with their own parking spaces.

And there is also the historic building 1931 where the VIPs can be welcomed. I think we can host everything in a fantastic way!

Den Bosch is actually the center of the Netherlands and very easy to reach from Amsterdam and Utrecht. The Brabanthallen is ready!

About Brabanthallen

Brabanthallen is spread over a 55,000 sq meters area and can accomodate circa 40,000 persons within its 13 spaces (8 Halls/ 5 space areas). Brabanthallen’s Hall 1 can house circa 11,000 specatators. The premises are a 10 minute walk from Den Bosch’s Central Station.

The Brabanthallen is an event complex at Den Borsch which hosts fairs, congresses, concerts and large-scale meetings.  The complex was renovated in 2004 and further expanded in 2017. It is the third largest event complex in the Netherlands; only RAI Amsterdam and the Jaarbeurs Utrecht are larger.

Host City Bidding

AVROTROS, NOS, NPO and the EBU are expected to open the 2020 Eurovision host city application window in June in order to enable the potential host cities to officially submit their respective bids.

Hereafter the 2020 ESC host broadcasters will evaluate and verify all the submitted bids, ultimately shortlisting them and presenting them to the EBU. A final decision on the 2020 Eurovision host city is expected to take place by late summer.

So far Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Zwolle, Utrecht, Maastricht, The Hague, Leeuwarden and Den Bosch have shown interest in hosting the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Will they all make it to the final cut and comply with the EBU’s hosting requirements?

We will know the answer in the coming weeks when AVROTROS officially opens the Host City Application Window and invites the potentil host cities to send in their respective bids.

The EBU and AVROTROS are yet to determine the dates for Eurovision 2020.