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ESC Reporter | October 19, 2017

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Two cities seriously considered for Eurovision 2017 hosting

Two cities seriously considered for Eurovision 2017 hosting
Eric Nocito

Now that seven cities (Cherkasy, Kherson, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Vinnytsia, and Kyiv) have shown interest in hosting Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine, it looks like there are two that are being seriously considered.

Lviv and Kyiv are seemingly the main nominees for hosting. Both have similar infrastructure, with Kyiv being the capital and Lviv being a popular vacation spot close to the EU border.

Kyiv has offered numerous venues to host, including the Palats Sportu, which hosted Eurovision 2015. However, the NSK-Olimpiyskyj stadium next door is the presumptive venue, with Palats Sportu considered only as a last resort. The stadium Olimpiyskyj has an estimated capacity for Eurovision as 40,000.

Arena-Lviv would be the arena if Lviv were chosen. Arena-Lviv has a soccer capacity of 35,000, so its Eurovision capacity would be less.

Both stadiums in Lviv and Kyiv would need to have a closing roof installed, which is a requirement for Eurovision. At this point, there is no estimate on how much the construction will cost. Olimpiyskyj is larger than Arena-Lviv, so one could assume that it would cost more to cover.

Per the Ukrainian TV-viewers, Lviv is the clear choice to host. 

 

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