A delegation from the Dutch broadcaster,  NPO,  travelled to Maastricht today aiming to inspect the proposed venue and locations to host the next Eurovision and assess the city’s  infrastructure and logistics.

The MECC Maastricht Director, Mr. Van de Wiel welcomes the ESC 2020 Executive Producer, Sietse Bakker (Photo credit: Peter Schols/ Limburger.nl)

After last day’s announcement from NPO and the elimination of three candidate cities Maastricht and Rotterdam are the two shorlisted cities that will battle for the right to host the next Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherland next year.

Sietse Bakker (Executive Producer ESC 2020) was impreseed by the city’s bid after visiting the city along with the 2020 ESC Selection Committee :

The MECC is a good, fantastic location with many options. You could host a great Eurovision here.

I am pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm in Maastricht. It is really amazing!

Commenting on Maastricht’s potential venue S. Bakker said:

In terms of height, width and depth, the hall in the MECC is reminiscent of the venues in Kiev and Tel Aviv. This makes it challenging!

Among others the Committee was shown a 3D depiction of the MECC Maastricht, unfolding in their eyes the whole set up of the arena with the stage , which will reach a capacity of 20.000 people. However the MECC Director, Mr. Van de Wiel , explained the changes that should take place in the venue saying: 

They wanted us to move the stage a little, because the logistics around the stage are much larger.So we have to go back to the drawing table.

Next stop for the  the 2020 Eurovision Committee will be  Rotterdam which they will visit tomorrow in order to have there too a closer look to the potential Eurovision venue and the city’s  infrastructure.

Source: limburger.nl