As the deadline for cities interested in hosting the  2020 Eurovision Song Contest to submit their bid book was expiring on 10 July, the 5 remaining cities officially submitted their bid books. Therefore the battle for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is a case for 5 cities!

The interested cities had previously a period of four weeks to prepare their bid books with all the documentation supporting their proposal. On July 10 all the Delegations from remaining cities in the race,  Rotterdam, Maastricht, Den Bosch and Arnhem travelled to Hilversum  in order to officially submit their proposals to NPO’s chairman Ms.Shula Rijxman. Utrecht didn’t send a delegation to Hilversum’s Mediapark but had its bid  was delivered by post..

The Mayor or Councilor from each candidate  city submitted the official bid to NPO following a short presentation of the city’s proposal. Therefore the cities we saw hand in their official bid book were: 

Maastricht (proposed venue: MECC Maastricht)

Maastricht submits its bid book

Rotterdam (proposed venue: Ahoy Rotterdam)

Rotterdam hands in its bid book

Arnhem (proposed venue: Gelredome)

Arnhem submits its bid book

Utrecht (proposed venue: Jaarbeurs)

Utrecht’s bid book arrives via courier service

Den Bosch (proposed venue: Brabanthallen)

Den Bosch gives in its bid book

                                                      ( All Photo credit: Aran Bade)

What’s to follow

The next step is for the three Dutch broadcasters,  NPO, NOS and AVROTROS , which will co-produce  the next contest, to review all submitted books and see which ones tick all the boxes according to EBU requirements. Within this framework the authorized executives will visit the candidate cities in order to inspect the proposed venues, the infrastructure and the cities’ means of hosting the whole event.  The final outcome of the process will be unveiled in August.