Eurovision Song Contest welcome in European city of Maastricht

After an absence of 44 years, the Eurovision Song Contest will finally return to the Netherlands thanks to Duncan Laurence’s win for his song ‘Arcade’. He managed to hold onto the number one spot for weeks as the bookmakers’ favourite to win. Maastricht and its premier venue MECC Maastricht are in the starting blocks, and even have the handbooks ready for hosting this international event in May 2020. Maastricht’s location in the heart of Europe, at a mere stone’s throw away from Belgium and Germany, combined with the city’s historical background give it a distinct advantage as a potential location for the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Treaty of Maastricht was signed on 7 February 1992 in Maastricht, serving to officially establish the European Union.

City of Maastricht
‘It goes without saying that as the most European city in the Netherlands, Maastricht is putting itself forward as a candidate to host the Song Contest. MECC Maastricht has repeatedly demonstrated its abilities as an excellent organiser of major international events. Thanks to its renowned hospitality and location in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, with Belgium and Germany literally just around the corner, Maastricht is the ideal city to represent the Netherlands and proudly welcome artists and fans from all over the world in 2020,’ according to Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht.

MECC Maastricht
‘We have everything we need to facilitate a production like Eurovision, and Maastricht has sufficient lodging capacity and an excellent international reputation. Maastricht is the perfect fit for the Eurovision Song Contest; after all, the city is located in the heart of Europe. We’re only a few kilometres away from Germany and Belgium. I sincerely believe that the event will be held in our city for this very reason. I’m already even having dreams about it,” says Rob van de Wiel, General Director of MECC Maastricht.

Procedure
According to the EBU’s standard procedure, cities will have to submit a bid book soon in which they explain and substantiate their candidacy. The choice will then be up to the European and Netherlands’ national broadcasting organisations. The most important part of the submission involves the event location. The venue must be able to accommodate an audience of at least 10,000, plus lodging for the delegations from the 42 participating countries and around 2,000 journalists. AVROTROS, the Dutch broadcasting network responsible for the event organisation, has already prepared the manuals and plans – drawn up by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) umbrella organisation – for setting up the contest, the final of which is watched by 200 million television viewers worldwide.

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