PORTUGAL – Regional press just leaked information claiming the date and host city / venue of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. According to them Eurovision 2018 will take place on May 1, 3 and 5th at MEO Arena in Lisbon (as we all knew anyway). More information here.
According to the publication: Several cities entered the race, but the choice fell on the capital. The Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 will take place in Lisbon at Meo Arena, located in Parque das Nações. The information will be confirmed officially on Tuesday evening at a press conference at RTP, which will be attended by representatives of the European Broadcasting Union, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland, which oversees the organization of the event.
Another novelty, already confirmed by the Observer from sources close to the organization of the event, concerns dates. The festival will take place between the last days of April and the first days of May, which corresponds to two semifinals and one final.
Espinho, Matosinhos, Santa Maria da Feira, Guimarães, Lisbon and Portimão were until now the cities mentioned as possible hosts of Eurovision in 2018. The choice of Meo Arena is not a surprise. It is the space most talked about for a few months and the European Broadcasting Union’s favorite, as in May it revealed to Observer Nuno Artur Silva, member of the RTP board of directors.
RTP program director 1, Daniel Deusdado, does not want to advance any details before Tuesday’s press conference, but the Observer knows that the public station has already asked to reserve the MEO Arena. The agreement is almost closed. The costs of the operation have not yet been disclosed, but the average of the last five editions of the festival is around 28 million euros.
In recent days, the organization of the festival made a technical visit to Meo Arena and considered that the space meets the necessary technical conditions. It is planned to use equipment with a total weight of 800 tons, which gave the Parque das Nações room an advantage, presumably being the only one in Portugal that supports such a heavy assembly.
Meo Arena, former Pavilhão Atlântico, owned by the Atlantic Atlântico consortium since 2013, holds up to 20,000 people standing and in the case of Eurovision the number depends on the location and the format of the stage, which is still open.