12 venues, 7 cities bid to host Eurovision 2015
As seen in recent years, the Eurovision host city and location choice has started out with a bidding phase, allowing cities and venues all over Austria to submit their bids to national channel ORF.
The phase ended today, with the deadline at midnight. It reveals that 12 venues are in play to host the competition in Austria next year.
ORF has previously released its list of requirements for the Eurovision venue, which include it being sealed from daylight, climate-controlled, and with an audience capacity of about 10,000.
Stadthalle, Schloss Schönbrunn, Heldenplatz, Krieau Trabrennbahn, St. Marx
The Austrian capital Vienna is bidding with five different venues, though four of them would be temporary.
The Stadthalle is the only actual arena in the Vienna bid, which is already booked for several events for the Eurovision preliminary dates. These would have to be rescheduled. The arena meets all requirements, with a capacity of 16.000, and is the most obvious choice if it can be made available.
The Schloss Shönbrunn is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Vienna, and would provide its grounds. Heldenplatz is a big, public square in the middle of the city, the Krieau Trabrennbahn is a big horse racing track, while St. Marx is a closed cemetery. These four options would require creating a temporary venue, perhaps along the lines of a mega-tent solution like DR considered for Copenhagen before B&W Hallerne were chosen.
Vienna International Aiport
Just 20 minutes south of Vienna is the small town of Schwechat, which notably is home to Vienna International Airport, the biggest airport in Austria. This option could potentially utilize an aircraft hangar as the main venue.
Graz Stadthalle and Conference Center, Unterpremstätten Frezeitcentrum event grounds
The second largest city in Austria is bidding with their Stadthalle and Conference Center. They are also suggesting the Unterpremstätten Frezeitcentrum event grounds.
The fifth largest city in Austria is bidding with their OlympiaWorld complex, having hosted the ice hockey games of the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. Its Olympiahalle has a capacity of 12.000 for concerts, having hosted P!NK among others.
The Wörthersee Stadion is the bid of the sixth largest city in Austria, though as a stadium, it has no roof as required. It was constructed for the 2008 UEFA Euro Championships.
In the eighth-largest city in Austria, the Messehalle is being proposed. The conference complex is currently under expansion, with completion set for November.
The small town of Oberwart, population 7.000, is bidding with their conference hall Messezentrum MEZO. With room for the whole town and then some, its largest space hosts 10,000 standing participants.
The third and fourth largest cities in Austria, Linz and Salzburg, did not submit any bids. The mayor of Linz stated to ORF that no suitable venue was available.
ORF will now start evaluating the submitted candidates, before a final city and venue will be decided on, most likely before September.