After Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on behalf of The Netherlands, the first steps towards hosting the contest in The Netherlands in 2020 have already been taken.
Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam
Ahoy has a show venue, with congress halls directly next to it, in the same building. The EBU could use these halls not only for a press center, but also for delegation spaces & rooms for the crew to work in. When it comes to working at the contest, for crew ánd journalists, Ahoy has an ideal package. It also hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and MTV Europe Awards in the past.
The city of Rotterdam, and other big cities directly attached to it, also offer plenty of hotels and accommodations to stay for the delegations and journalists. It is within a 40 minute drive from the main airport Schiphol. And Rotterdam even has its own airport, which connects it to several other European countries.
Dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020
Due to clashes with football (either Champions League, Europa League or the German cup final on the 23rd of May) it looks like the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will take place on the 12th, 14th and 16th of May 2020. A week earlier is not an option. This is because of Memorial Day and Liberation Day on the 4th and 5th of May. Organizing a semi final on those days is not an option.
Rehearsals on the 5th of May may also be impossible in The Netherlands. However, we have seen in Israel 2019 that EBU prefers starting on a Saturday over having the final of Eurovision clashing with the German cup final.
Why is Eurovision 2020 not in Amsterdam?
Capital city Amsterdam will not host Eurovision, because they do not have the right venue available. In recent years, Tel Aviv and Malmö (Sweden) were other non-capital cities to host the Eurovision Song Contest.
The capital Amsterdam seemed to be a logical option to be the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. However, on the 4th of July 2019, the mayor Femke Halsema announced Amsterdam would not provide a bid for the contest. “There is no suitable location available,” she says.