UKRAINE – The excitement for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest edition gears up and Deputy Mayor of Kyiv Oleksiy Reznikov just revealed some information about the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
Sports Palace couldn’t host the event although originally proposed to the EBU for two reasons, he said. The first reason is that World Hockey Championship will take place there and second obstacle was the heavy equipment which already risked the 2005 organisation. The building needed serious revamp and time plus cost would not be necessary.
On the other hand International Exhibition Centre is suitable for such equipment which can be dismantled in due time and the venue offers a good access corridor where all installations can be easily implemented. Work will begin immediately when the EBU submit the requirements for the show and there will be intense attention to the sound and the stage design. He expects 10,000 people to attend the event (remember 2,000 of them will be standing).
Eurovision 2017 ticket prices will be determined by the EBU says Deputy Mayor therefore I don’t think we expect cheaper prices this year.
The area around the venue will also get a serious revamp mentioning the good parking lots available in the area. Unfinished buildings is an issue and need to be resolved. He also emphasised the need to revamp the landscape in the are of the temple and water access.
Kyiv is giving 200 million UAH for the event and plans 1 billion UAH for further infrastructure. Money will be spent of road repairs, pavement restoration, IEC area restoration. Water buses will also be introduced but it seems it will be only for Eurovision as there is yet no evaluation if this feature would be sustainable for permanent civil transportation. Bridges will get extra lights and historic buildings will be made more attractive for the visitors. Illegal stalls will be removed (at the maximum possible way) at the Livoberezhna metro station although this is something difficult, providing security for the visitors.
With Euroclub inside IEC and CEC Parkovy serving as Euroclub, Troitska square near the NSC Olimpiyskiy is his personal proposal for Eurovillage, also thinking for extra fan zones in the areas of Poshtova square, and if possible on Kontraktova and Sofiyska squares. Regarding the red carpet he once again emphasised that the event doesn’t insult any religious belief as the temple of St Sophia is now a museum.
50 shuttle busses and the metro will serve the delegations and the visitors in Eurovision 2017. Allocation of the events throughout the city will avoid traffic jam and also will offer the visitors a chance to get to know the city. He even separated the Eurovision fans from Football fans as the first is an audience which doesn’t smash shopping windows on their way to the event!
As Ukraine is in the 3rd year of war with the so called terrorists (according to him) there is no danger as the theatre of war is 600 km away from Kyiv otherwise the city would never would have organised the event, paralleling the situations with Israel and its conflicts with the Palestinians.
International promo of the Kyiv hosting is planned aiming to attract 20,000 visitors for the period when Eurovision Song Contest is taking place. Since 2004 with the orange revolution and now with the Russian conflict it’s true that Ukraine is not a tourist attraction but this things are changing sa the number of tourists increases every year. Accommodation is sufficient for hosting 2,500 members of delegations and expecting 20,000 visitors could mean 28 million Euros for the city economy only! He even hopes that the visitors would love to travel to other nearby cities.
The city is also focusing on smart Wi-Fi connections so without interruption everyone in the city could be connected on the web. We wonder what kind of internet connection will be provided at the press centre after the amazingly high speed internet we had in Stockholm!