Eurovision 2020: Pack your bags we’re off to Rotterdam!

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 3,673 views

Pack your bags we’re off to Rotterdam for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest ! Dutch public broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS and NOS  have unveiled the 2020 Eurovision host city, venue and dates.

Aerial view of Rotterdam

The EBU and the Dutch national broadcasters ( NPO, NOS, AVROTROS) have announced today that the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Rotterdam. Eurovision fans can now plan their trips to Netherlands and book their flights and accomodation!

Mr. Jon Ola Sand (Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor on behalf of EBU) says:

Rotterdam has shown fantastic enthusiasm and commitment and has the right facilities to welcome delegations from over 40 countries next May. We look forward to working with Rotterdam and NPO, NOS and AVROTROS on an incredible state-of-the-art Eurovision Song Contest in a great city next year.

Ms. Shula Rijxman ( NPO General Director) says:

It is our wish to organize a Eurovision Song Contest that is embraced throughout the Netherlands and also functions as a showcase for our country in Europe.

We are happy that as a public broadcaster we can now really work together with Rotterdam and the Ahoy arena to organize a unique event that connects and inspires all inhabitants of the Netherlands and Europe.

As an entrepreneurial and creative city, Rotterdam fits perfectly with this event.

The venue and the dates

Rotterdam Ahoy (Rotterdam)

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam on 12, 14 and 16 May.

Rotterdam Ahoy

Rotterdam Ahoy at night

The Rotterdam Ahoy is located in the heart of Rotterdam and opened its doors in 1971. The venue can house circa 15,000 spectators during a concert. The venue has hosted numerous large scale concerts in recent years: Lady Gaga, Queen, Shakira, Kylie Minogue, Gloria Estefan, U2, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears etc.

Rotterdam Ahoy is one of the most modern venues in The Netherlands played hosted to the 2007 Junior Eurovion Song Contest. The multi purpose convention centre and arena consists of three main areas: Beurs- & Evenementenhallen, the Congres- & Vergadercentrum  and the Ahoy Arena.

Rotterdam the energetic city


The port city of Rotterdam is a hot favourite to host Eurovision 2020 at the Rotterdam Ahoy. Rotterdam is not new to Eurovision events, as it played host to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is a major economic and logistic centre in the country.

The city boasts of the largest port of Europe and is celebrated for its majectic skyline consisting of modern sky- scrapers and unique architecture.

Rotterdam boasts of a vibrant night life, excellent restaurants and is celebrated for its vibrant international vibe.

Rotterdam has an excellent transport system connecting the city, an international airport (Rotterdam The Hague Airport) with direct connections to most European cities and a large number of hotel rooms. Visitors can also reach Rotterdam easily via the Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, which is only a 30 minute train ride away.

The Netherlands hosts Eurovision for the fifth time

The Netherlands will have the honour of welcoming the Eurovision bandwagon with all its glitzy and glamourous razmatazz for the fifth time in Eurovision history, after having succesfully hosted the event twice in The Hague (1976, 1980), once in Amsterdam (1970) and Hilversum (1958).

Rotterdam is honoured to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time in ESC history.


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