|Posted by eurovision on top on May 15, 2017 at 11:45 AM|
The responsable staff of RTP for Eurovision Song Contest 2018 had a meeting today as it was announced by RTP news. The city was chosen and probably the venue as well.
The dates are not decided yet, but the city that will host the event is of course decided and it was not a surprise! Lisbon is probably the only and central place in the country to host Eurovision, specially because the biggest place to host the event is the MEO arena (Pavilhão Atlântico and Pavilhão da Utopia in the past). EBU already advised RTP that the Arena is the best option which we consider is the only one.
MEO arena is located in the new area of Parque das Nações, a place that was (re)build for the EXPO'98. With capacity of 20 000 persons (it will be reduced significantly because of the stage), the venue was the chosen place for concerts of big artists like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Adele, Coldplay, etc, etc!
Web Summit 2016 was probably the biggest event to happened there so as the ATP - Tennis Masters Cup 2000.
Inside, you will feel you are in an upturned boat with a roof made of wood.
The surroundings of the Pavillion are perfect for Eurovision. Sala Tejo is a small concert place included on it and in front of it you will find the FIL - International Fair of Lisbon - with a big press center on it.
Also in the area, there's a shopping centre called Vasco da Gama, lots of Hotels, a Casino, bars and clubs. And the best, is that everything is just 3 stations far from the airport.
The Euroclub must be decided later but for those who knows the Lisbon night, the Casino Lisboa or Lux frágil (a few Km far from the venue) are probably the best options.