Mayor of Bari is thinking about joining the race to host Eurovision 2022

After Italy won the Eurovision song contest this May, more and more Italian cities are expressing their desire to host the contest in 2022. After Rome, Milan, Turin, Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Rimini, Sanremo, Verona, Pesaro and Reggio Emilia, the city of Bari is also contemplating about bidding for hosting the event.

There are some conditions that the host city must meet in order to host Eurovision. The location must have room for 10,000 people and be available for a total of five to seven weeks and there must also be 2,000 to 3,000 hotel beds available in the region – preferably no more than 40 minutes away from the party location.

Mayor of Bari Antonio Decaro has confirmed that two of the requirements are easy for them: there are enough hotel beds in the city and an airport is nearby. However, they don’t have a venue the size of the other candidates. Their current option is PalaFlorio, home stadium of CUS Bari Pallacanestro, which can host up to 6,000 people for concerts.

Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella said on social media: “The city famous for all its art, museums and history left by the De’Medici family in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, is the most beautiful, functional and artistic place to host the Eurovision Song Contest. We will be preparing a bid soon”.

This will be the third time that Italy will host Eurovision. Naples are Rome were hosts in 1965 and 1991.

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