Today was the last day to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest host city 2015 competition. 12 locations around the country applied and now it’s up to ORF to make the final decision.
The capital Vienna is well represented with five different choices for the venue. These are Wiener Stadthalle, Schönbrunn Palace, Heldenplatz, Krieau and St. Marx. However, the last four would be temporary locations which leaves Wiener Stadthalle as the only actual arena with a capacity of 16,000 spectators.
Seven other locations applied elsewhere in the country. Innsbruck is confident to be able to host the event in its OlympiaWorld complex where many international sports events have taken place, including the 1976 Winter Olympics.
The second-largest city in Austria offers itself as well. Stadthalle Graz and the halls surrounding it would be able to welcome the fans and delegations next May. The venue itself could take up to some 10,000 spectators. It hosted some of the games of the 2010 European Men’s Handball Championship. Freizeitzentrum is their other candidate.
Other applicants include for instance Wörtherseestadion in Klagenfurt but the problem is that the stadium is not covered. This is not the problem for Oberwart, south of Vienna, which offers its convention center. However, it can only take some 7,000 spectators. Wels offers its Messehalle which is still under construction.
Large cities Linz and Salzburg decided not to enter the race. The joint reason was that they weren’t able to offer a suitable venue.
- Wiener Stadthalle
- Schönbrunn Palace
- St. Marx
- Schwechat Airport