THE NETHERLANDS – Preparations for the organisation of the 2020 contest began on 19 May 2019, immediately after the Netherlands won the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. Jon Ola Sand, the executive supervisor of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for the contest, handed AVROTROS, the Dutch participating broadcaster, a stack of documents and a USB drive with tools to begin the work needed to host the next contest.
AVROTROS is set to co-produce the event with sister news broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) and their parent public broadcasting organisation, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), each assuming a different role in the production.
According to Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, several mayors had already started bids on behalf of their municipalities, lobbying him through text messages, within hours of Laurence’s win. The triad of host broadcasters formally started the bidding process on 29 May 2019
On 12 June 2019, all cities that formally expressed interest in hosting received a list of criteria that need to be met. These cities have four weeks to compile their “bid books”, which they need to submit by 10 July 2019. Other cities and regions can still join the bidding process by submitting a bid book before the deadline.
In mid-July, the organising broadcasters will have the option to visit the cities that have applied. The host city will be chosen after assessment of all the bids in consultation with the EBU, and is set to be announced in August 2019. So far, nine cities have let the organising broadcasters know that they are (or had been) interested in submitting a bid.
RAI Amsterdam with 12,900: Host venue of the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, and the 1979, 1989 and 1998 Nationaal Songfestival.
Johan Cruyff Arena with 60,000: Largest stadium of the Netherlands and one of the host venues of UEFA Euro 2000 and 2020. Equipped with a retractable roof.
Ziggo Dome with 17,000: Host venue of the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.
GelreDome with 34,000: Joint bid with Nijmegen and the Veluwe region. The stadium is equipped with a retractable roof and was one of the host venues of UEFA Euro 2000.
Breepark with 13,000
Brabanthallen with 11,000
MECC Maastricht with 20,000: Candidacy is supported by the province of Limburg.
Ahoy Rotterdam with 17,000: Host venue of the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the 2000, 2001 and 2003 Nationaal Songfestival, as well as other big televised events, such as the 1997 and 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards. Candidacy is supported by the province of South Holland and the muncipality of The Hague.
Jaarbeurs with 11,000: Host venue of the 1974 and 1975 Nationaal Songfestival.
Leeuwarden with WTC Expo: Candidacy was supported by the province of Friesland, but the city withdrew its bid on 18 June 2019 because the ceiling of its only suitable venue, WTC Expo, is too low.
The Hague with Cars Jeans Stadion or Malieveld arena: Candidacy was supported by the province of South Holland, but had been dependent on the construction of a roof over the stadium or a temporary venue on Malieveld. On 27 June 2019, the municipality concluded that this was not feasible and decided to withdraw its bid. The Hague now supports Rotterdam’s candidacy.