This morning, Turin local newspaper Torino Oggi published more details about the organisation of Eurovision 2022, set to return to Italy for the first time in 31 years.
The Metropolitan Council has revealed another two key locations, which will both contain temporary structures. The Società di Committenza della Regione Piemonte (Client Company of the Piedmont Region) has been put in charge of awarding public contracts for the design and construction of these venues.
The first will be the Press Centre, which will be a tailored venue opposite the PalaOlimpico. According to Torino Oggi, it will contain “areas for work, relaxation, press conferences, rooms enabled for photocalls and video recording, offices and a structure for delegations.” It will also contain about 40 cabins for commentators, similar to the ones installed for the ATP tennis finals in November 2021.
The second will be the iconic Piazza Castello in the city centre, where a open-air, twin-towered stage will be erected for concerts during the Eurovision period, as well as dressing rooms and backstage areas.
Last November, it was announced that the Eurovillage will be located in the Piazza San Carlo, so either this will be a separate venue or the location has moved. No more information has been released about this yet.
Depending on the scenario and pandemic situation in May, Turin is expected to welcome hundreds of accredited journalists, and tens of thousands of spectators, fans and tourists from Italy and the entire world.
Organising the world’s largest non-sporting event is always a huge-scale task, and the Metropolitan Council could expect a gain in tourism revenue to the tune of up to €40 million. Previous host cities have seen as much as a 40% increase in unique visitors during and immediately after the Contest period.
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