Nine cities have applied for the organisation of Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands. Among them are Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the two biggest cities in the country. Applicants have until July 10th to prepare their bidbook.
Broadcaster AVROTROS will review the bidbooks along with EBU. Apart from the venue, which needs to fulfill certain requirements, other aspects are also important. Infrastructure, traffic plans and accommodation for delegations, journalists and fans are all relevant factors.
The cities that have applied so far are: Amsterdam, Arnhem, Breda, Den Bosch, Den Haag, Leeuwarden, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Utrecht. Other cities may form a bidbook too, however, it is unlikely that they can still meet the deadline of July 10th, being behind in the process.
Leeuwarden withdraws (June 22nd)
On June 18, Leeuwarden announced that they have withdrawn from the process. EBU had informed Leeuwarden that the roof of their location, WTC Expo, was too low to host Eurovision.
The Hague and Breda also out (July 1st)
The ambitious plan of The Hague to build a new roof over a football stadium, has been withdrawn from the bidding process. Breda, a small city in the south of the Netherlands, will also shy away from the high costs. This now leaves 6 cities in the process.
ESCDaily goes into more detail for all the participants on our “Eurovision 2020 in The Netherlands” page. Here we also explain why Rotterdam and Amsterdam have the best chances so far: