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After Jamala pulled off a shock victory at Eurovision-2016 in Stockholm, Ukraine automatically became the hosting country of the competition in 2017.
This week, the third stage of the host city selection has been completed. The organizing committee (Prime Minister Groysman, Culture Minister Nyschuk, National Television CEO Zurab Alasania, and ministers) would choose one out of six cities.
European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has put forward some requirements for the host city:
Arena, which would host the "Eurovision," should be a covered area which could accommodate at least 7 thousand viewers. The arena should not be used 7 weeks before the contest (in April and May).
Press center near the arena must accommodate 1.5 thousand journalists.
The hosting city should have an international airport, railway station, convenient public transport, and good roads. The city also has to find 600 volunteers who speak European languages.
The organizing committee has chosen Kyiv, Odesa, and Dnipro.
Ukraine’s capital is one of the most likely winners of the final selection. Kyiv has 2 international airports, a railway station, 265 hotels, and it can accommodate over 23 thousand visitors.
Arena for Eurovision would be placed on several sites ("Sports Palace" and the International Exhibition Center) with a capacity of 10 thousand to 70 thousand people. "Sports Palace" has hosted "Eurovision" in 2005. Currently, it needs a renovation, and Deputy Mayor Oleksiy Reznikov said that tender for the renovation project has already started. Seating capacity of "Sports Palace" is 10 thousand places. There are four subway stations and many hotels near it.
International Exhibition Centre can accommodate more guests - 50 thousand.
The opening ceremony to take place at Sofiyska square, which also will host one of five fan zones. Closing ceremony of Eurovision-2017 would be held at the "Art Arsenal."
Odesa has big chances for holding "Eurovision." By the way, famous French singer Lara Fabian supported the candidature of the city.
Odesa has a seaport, railway station, three bus stations, and the international airport (its reconstruction will last until March).
Odesa’s arena for Eurovision should be "Chernomorets" stadium among the advantages of which first is its good location. The stadium is located near Deribasovskaya street (main one), which is close to the sea.
However, the stadium "Chernomorets" has no roof, which is fundamental requirement for the "Eurovision." Nevertheless, Odesa City Council assures that the project of covering is already elaborated.
"Chernomorets" can accommodate 10-12 thousand viewers.
The opening ceremony to take place in Arcadia city district, in "Ithaca" or "Ibiza" club.
Two locations are offered to create the Eurovision area: Prymosky boulevard with Potemkin stairs and Shevchenko park.
Odesa has almost 200 hotels, but there are some problems with them. In April and May, they might be booked. However, Odesa is ready to place five liners in the port, five original hotels on the water, each of which can host 3-5 thousand people.
The city administration decided to demonstrate its serious intentions and impresses with numbers. The city is ready to invest 500 mln UAH in the preparations for Eurovision. 150 mln will go for the landscaping around the airport, 100 million - for infrastructure and road repairs, and 50 million will go for security issues.
"DniproEuroArena" ("Meteor" Complex) is supposed to host the song contest; 9.5 thousand visitors might come there. "Euroclub" and press center to be placed here too. "DniproEuroArena" is an indoor concert hall.
The "Eurovision" area will be located at Maidan Heroes Square and at the Festival pier.
Dnipro has 80 hotels for 2020 rooms (7347 people) and the International Airport. Over a thousand guards would ensure security during the contest; 1.7 thousand CCTV cameras would be installed in the city.