Now it’s official, Rotterdam will be the host city for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. At the end Rotterdam was in the final battle with Maastricht, but could convince with the bigger arena and will host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in history.
The 2020th ESC will take place in the Ahoj Arena on 12th, 14th and 16th May.
Rotterdam is the second largest city of the Netherlands with 634.000 inhabitants and has much more hotel capacity including the surrounding areas than Maastricht. With the skyscrapers and new buildings like the new market hall, striking architecture, Rotterdam has probably the most contemporary atmosphere to host this mega event.
It will be the 5th time that the Netherlands will be the host country in Eurovision history: 1958 Hilversum, 1970 Amsterdam, 1976 The Hague, 1980 The Hague and 2020 Rotterdam. The Netherlands have won five times as well, but has not been the host country the year after e.g. 1979 Israel won with “Hallelujah” and the following year Israel had the right to host the ESC, but denied, so the Netherlands were keen to host it instead.
Have a look what Duncan Laurance has to say about Rotterdam:
Public relations, Editor, Journalist
About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!