Two weeks ago, ESCBubble reported onLisbon being chosen as the hosting city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. This was confirmed by Portuguese broadcaster RTP themselves in one of their news bulletins.
In the meantime, however, several Portuguese cities have stated their interest in hosting next year’s competition and the Head of Delegation of Portugal, Carla Bugalho, warns that no decision has been taken yet. She says:
Everything is still to be decided, but it has to be a place with enough hotels and space for everything an event like Eurovision requires. It’s not only the final and the semis, but weeks of preparation.
Today a meeting of the Metropolitan Council of Porto is taking place to discuss their own bid to get Eurovision 2018 to their city. Reportedly they are going to propose using the conference center and event venue Europarque in Santa Maria da Feira which lies 25 kilometres south of Porto. This venue, constructed in 1995, would be able to host 11.000 people.
Other than Lisbon and Porto, cities who would like to host the contest are Faro and Guimarães.