Palexpo Geneva, first candidate to organize Eurovision 2025

Palexpo Geneva, first candidate to organize Eurovision 2025
Palexpo Geneva, first candidate to organize Eurovision 2025

It’s now official: the SSR will organize the Eurovision contest in 2025 thanks to Nemo’s victory on Saturday in Malmö, Sweden. We will now have to select a suitable location for the big party followed on television by nearly 200 million people around the world. You need something large, covered, with the technical capabilities for the show and enough seats for the spectators, but also for the space where the sofas which welcome the delegations are located during the evening. The rooms which are suitable for this are not necessarily legion in our country.

Geneva could and made it known very quickly. Palexpo indicated on Sunday morning that it had been “working in collaboration with the Geneva authorities for several weeks to host this meeting which is one of the most important global television events”. An application file has already been submitted. The venues have the capacity to accommodate nearly 15,000 spectators and more than 2,000 journalists. The decision on where to host the 2025 Eurovision final, in Switzerland, should be made during the summer.

Palexpo has a definite advantage: it is next to the airport and is also well served by train. According to an events expert, this is an important point. “Only the usual large sites of Zurich, Basel, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva can organize the competition, a peripheral area would not be possible,” he told our German-speaking colleagues.

The competition will be tough. Zurich is also in the running. The director of the Hallenstadion indicates that he is “in discussions” to submit an application. He estimates the stadium would have to be booked for Eurovision for six to eight weeks, which requires a lot of coordination. Same in Basel, where the Halle Saint-Jacques would have the capacity to organize the show. Discussions with the SRF have already taken place. It remains to be seen whether Lausanne will try its luck too. Bern could also loom large.

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