ARGUS readers are divided on whether the city should host the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
Organizers have confirmed that Britain will host the competition after it was deemed too unsafe to host in Ukraine.
As this year’s winner, it would traditionally host the next event.
Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty said the city, which hosted the competition in 1974 when Abba won, would be “pulling out all the stops” to host in 2023.
However, some readers have questioned whether Brighton is the most appropriate venue for the competition.
Heather Pullen said the city doesn’t have a venue big enough to accommodate the thousands of people attending the event and that Brighton was “too run down”.
She said, “If we were hosting, we would have to have a massive cleaning and maintenance program.”
Patrick Miller said: “How on earth is Eurovision supposed to take place in Brighton when the City Council can’t even keep the city clean and weed-free.”
However, some readers supported Brighton’s bid to host the competition, saying it could bring more investment to the city.
Hedley Swain, Chief Executive of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, welcomed the prospect of Eurovision by the Sea, saying: “Clearly Eurovision must be held in Brighton, we did it proudly in 1974.”
— Hedley Swain (@hedleyswain) July 25, 2022
Hove MP Peter Kyle also backed the offer, saying: “It has to be Brighton.”
It will compete against other major UK cities including London, Sheffield and Glasgow.
Last year the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) listed criteria that say every venue must be able to seat at least 10,000 spectators, be close to an international airport, have adequate hotel accommodation and a press centre.
Brighton Dome, which hosted in 1974, falls far behind with a capacity of just 1,700, Brighton Center at 4,500 and County Cricket Ground in Hove at around 6,000.
Amex Stadium, where Fatboy Slim hosted a major music event for two nights in June 2012, has a capacity of nearly 32,000.
Reader Bev Handley has urged the council to “find a way” to host in the city, including building a temporary roof over the stadium.
With the competition taking place in mid to late May, some readers wondered if the Amex would be available to host the competition during next year’s Premier League season.
Abba rose to international fame after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton with Waterloo.
Next year’s competition will be the first time Britain has hosted the event since 1998.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20578603.argus-readers-weigh-brightons-eurovision-bid/?ref=rss Argus readers have their say on Brighton’s bid for the Eurovision Song Contest