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CONFIRMED? Lisbon’s MEO Arena will host Eurovision 2018 in late April/early May!

Just a few hours ago, we discovered that tomorrow would be the day where we would discover the host venue for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Now, one of Portugal’s most popular newspapers has delivered the news in advance. According to their report, the MEO Arena will host the contest, located in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. The contest will take place during late April and early May.

Tomorrow RTP will officially confirm the news

Observador broke the news just a few minutes ago. The news will be officially announced tomorrow afternoon during a press conference at RTP. Representatives from the EBU will attend the event. In addition, the report reveals the contest will take place “between the last days of April and the first days of May”. This indicates that the contest will either likely take place on 1st, 3rd and 5th May 2018 or 8th, 10th and 12 May 2018. Both of these scenarios would see the Eurovision fortnight get underway in late April. The exact dates should be revealed tomorrow.

Organised have visited the MEO Arena

Furthermore, Observador reveals that the contest organisers visited the MEO Arena in recent days. It was judged that the arena meets the required technical conditions. The planned equipment will weigh approximately 800 tonnes. Perhaps the MEO Arena is one of the only, if not the only, arena in Portugal able to support such equipment.

The MEO Arena holds up to 20,000 people standing. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen what capacity the arena will have for the Eurovision shows once the stage and the technical equipment is all in place. However, all signs point towards a bigger capacity than that of the International Exhibition Center in Kyiv this year.

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Are you pleased with Portugal’s choice if this newspaper report turns out to be true? Furthermore, will you be heading to the MEO Arena next year? Let us know in the comments below and via our social media pages @ESCXTRA!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

Comments on CONFIRMED? Lisbon’s MEO Arena will host Eurovision 2018 in late April/early May!

  • tonykuko

    I am totally heading to the MEO Arena next year in Lisbon!!!

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