ORF General Director Alexander Wrabetz informed that City of Vienna will spend 8,89 Million for all necessary actions regarding Stadthalle, venue of Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
Costs included renovation of the venue, improvement of energy access, hiring qualified staff and fullfiling all other requirements from European Broadcasting Union. Compensations for other broadcasters and organisations which events have been cancelled due to Eurovision will be also made from this amount. “It is another big step for Vienna towards Eurovision Song Contest 2015” – Christian Oxontisch from Vienna City Council said to “Die Presse”.
Many other events will take place in Stadthalle before 60th Eurovision Song Contest i.e. concerts of Il Divo, Roger Cicero (Germany 2007) & Big Band, John Legend, David Garrett, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Lenny Kravitz, Anastacia, OneRepublic, Udo Jurgens (first Austrian winner of Eurovision Song Contest) and Katy Perry. Last concert is scheduled for April 22nd – James Last will perform. Stadhalle will host also a lot of shows, sport and kids events and exhibitions. Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place in Hall D. which was built by Roland Rainer from 1954 to 1957 and opened 21st June 1958. Hall D offers approx. 16,000 seats.
The semi-finals of ESC 2015 will be held on 19 and 21 May and the final on 23 May. So far more than 30 countries confirmed participation in the contest.