After Duncan Laurence stormed his way to victory with ‘Arcade’ for The Netherlands, many Dutch cities are willing to host the contest. But which ones and what arena have they submitted? We’re now going to find out.
What do the cities need to host the contest?
- An international airport with flight connections to most European cities (within close proximity)
- An efficient transport system in the city
- An indoor arena with a capacity of circa 10,000 spectators
- Infrastructure/logistics to house the Delegation Bubble, Green Room, Press Centre, Main ESC venue etc.
- Large hotel capacity/ rooms available to host delegations,artists, press and fans
- Venues/ locations to host Euroclub, Red Carpet, Eurovision Village, Welcome Reception…
So, what cities have submitted or are in the process of submitting a bid?
Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Ahoy
Rotterdam is the second-largest city in The Netherlands and boasts features like an international airport, convenient transport system, past experience with Eurovision (JESC 2007), a large number of hotel & B&B rooms, unique architecture, modern landmarks and skyscrapers.
Utrecht and the Jaarbeurs Convention and Exhibition Centre
Utrecht is the fouth-largest city in The Netherlands and has a efficient transport system and nearby airport (around 30 minutes away).
Maastricht and the MECC
Located in the south of The Netherlands, Maastricht is the capital of Limburg (Dutch province). Less than 90 minutes away from neighbouring cities Brussles and Cologne (Belgium and Germany), Maastricht is convenient for nearby Eurofans. The city also has a small airport, which offers flights to a few international destinations.
Arnhem and the Gelredome
Arnhem, the capital of Gelderland (another Dutch province) is located in the east of the Netherlands.
Leeuwarden and the WTC Expo
Located near three airports, Leeuwarden can be easily reached from a number of international destinations. Leeuwarden is also the provincial capital of Friesland.
The Hague and the The ADO Stadium (Cars Jeans Stadium)
The Hague has previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest twice before: in 1976 and 1980. The Hague is the third largest city in The Netherlands and is home to the the Dutch government and parliament. The city has an excellent transport system and a local airport.
‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Brabanthallen
‘S-Hertogenbosch, a province in North Brabant has expressed it’s wishes to host the contest next year. The Owner of the Venue has expressed his initial plans for hosting it in the venue.
What cities have we not included?
Amsterdam: We have not received enough information to add Amsterdam to this article. When we receive enough details and a specific venue, we will add it.
Zwolle: Zwolle has withdrawn their bid because they can not sufficiently host the contest. Their stadium only has a maximum capacity of 7,000 and there is not enough facilities to host the contest.
Enschede: Simply not enough information.
The Hague (Malieveld Arena): Until enough information is available, we won’t be adding this venue to our list. Malieveld also requires a tent, which is looking like a unlikely bid to accept.
Information correct as of 02/06/2019 at 16:40