Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023
Today it was announced that Liverpool had won the right to host Eurovision 2023.
The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in the Liverpool Arena next to the River Mersey on Saturday 13 May with semi-finals on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May.
The BBC, together with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will organise the Contest in consultation with UA:PBC, Ukraine’s public broadcaster and last year’s winners of the Contest.
Liverpool was chosen following a strong city bid process that examined facilities at the venue; the ability to accommodate thousands of visiting delegations, crew, fans and journalists; infrastructure; and the cultural offer of the host city in reflecting Ukraine’s win in 2022.
The United Kingdom are hosting on behalf of Ukraine who won the Contest this year in Turin.
Liverpool won over favourites Glasgow after the two were chosen from a shortlist of seven bid cities
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl welcomed the news:
"Liverpool is the ideal place to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine.
The city is synonymous with music and Liverpool Arena exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale. We have been very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the Contest and their inclusive ideas for placing last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and centre when thousands of fans visit next May.
This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK in 25 years and, as we work with our Host Broadcaster, the BBC, to celebrate Ukraine’s victory, this unique production promises to be a very special one indeed.’"
The event itself will take place at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena which has a capacity of 11,000.
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