Since yesterday the official handover of the Esprit arena has been commemorated by the mayor of Düsseldorf Dirk Elbers and the host broadcaster NDR. From now on, everything is themed Eurovision in and around the arena. The construction work has begun already, transforming the big football stadium into a Eurovision location with stage, seats, lightening, sound and mostly important a roof. This ESC might be the biggest in history regarding the size of the arena, with more than 35.000 seats. This is quite a logistic challenge for the organizers getting ready until May 1st when the first rehearsals are going to begin. Many things have been prepared in advance already like several items from the stage construction. The stage design is still kept as a secret; there might be a long catwalk from the stage into the audience.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.