THE NETHERLANDS – While the Province of Zuid-Holland commits one million euros to support Rotterdam if it’s named host city of Eurovision 2020 it was shockingly announced few moments ago that Dutch capital, Amsterdam will not bid any more to host the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Mayor Femke Halsema announced the city’s official withdrawal this afternoon: “After working on this concept [of a tent], it all seems way too complex to be true alternative for the Ziggo Dome. Amsterdam would like to wish good luck to Rotterdam, Den Bosch, Utrecht, Arnhem and Maastricht with forming their bid books.”
It seems that there is no main venue available to host the event at a given time something which will reserve the location for six to eight weeks prior to the event. The three proposed venues are booked and under obligations for events like the games of Ajax. Two more venues were under consideration but were not revealed.
Then the Mayor of Amsterdam considered the option of a tent but that plan failed too.
Following the withdrawal of Leeuwarden, The Hague and Breda, Amsterdam was the hotspot for the Eurofans, a city which all of us knew quite well especially since we followed the annual Eurovision party the fans organise every year in the city.
But on the other hand, having not been in the other bidding cities, it could be a great option to attend the Eurovision Song Contest and get to know – explore something new.
Cities have six days left to submit their bid books. So far, only Maastricht and Den Bosch confirmed their bid books. Rotterdam is expected to do so soon. Arnhem will first need a solution for the home matches Vitesse is going to play.