Tel Aviv 2019

Tel Aviv: Only 4,000 arena tickets for the public, with 2,000-3,000 Green Room tickets

Just days ago, it was announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 would take place in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pavilion 2 of the Tel Aviv Convention Centre will host the contest, and it has a moderate capacity of 9,000. However, one of Israel’s largest newspapers has done the math, and it appears that a tiny 4,000 tickets to each show will be on sale to the public!

Initial plans suggest that the stage will take up 2,000 of the seats and a further 3,000 tickets will be reserved for the EBU, delegations and production. Therefore, this leaves only 4,000 tickets for the public.

Compensating with 2-3k Green Room tickets

As we were creating this article, Israel’s ynet have revealed that Pavilion 1 of the Tel Aviv Convention Centre will hold a gigantic Green Room. This will offer an extra 2,000-3,000 seats on sale to the public!

This will boost the ticket offering to 6,000-7,000 for the public. Although, it is yet to be seen if people would be willing to buy those tickets; they would be in a completely different place and unable to watch the contest live.

In 2013 when Malmö hosted the contest, a similar arrangement was made with the Green Room in a separate hall to the main stage and fans were able to sit around the Green Room.

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The Eurovision 2013 Green Room with surrounding seats

However, there were only a few hundred seats available then. So, would two to three thousand fans be happy to purchase these seats?

Would Jerusalem have been any better?

The preferred venue for Jerusalem’s bid to host the contest was the Pais Arena. This had a capacity of over 15,000, which by the above arithmetic, would’ve given us a total of 10,000 tickets on sale to the public. This would’ve matched the Altice Arena’s offering in Lisbon this year – 10,000 tickets were also on sale to the public then.

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Jerusalem’s Pais Arena

If Israel Hayom is correct, and only 4,000 tickets go on sale to the public, this is bound to cause a huge amount of controversy amongst fans, particularly the many who will miss out on getting one of the few tickets.

The horror of Eurovision tickets…

For many years now, the ticket-selling process has faced massive criticism. Last year, many fans found themselves waiting in online queues for several hours only to eventually receive error messages. In the end, they were unable to purchase tickets.

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Tickets for the 2019 contest are set to go on sale in December this year. The tickets will go out in waves throughout the months leading up the contest. However, if only 4,000 tickets will be on sale next year, less than half this year’s offering, there will certainly be even more frustration.

Has Israel made a huge mistake? Should the hosting rights be handed over to Jerusalem’s Pais Arena?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA

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Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

One Comment

  1. I find this article hugely problematic as it completely ignores the enormous challenges that would face Eurovision – and fans – in Jerusalem.

    Tel Aviv is much more open and LGBTQ friendly. It’s the perfect inclusive party city for an event like Eurovision. Without going into all the reasons why it’s the case, Jerusalem is not.

    The political status of Jerusalem has also become hugely controversial in recent years. A contest in Jerusalem would be dogged by controversy and bogged down in politics – local and international – with possible hostility from some local communities and threats of withdrawals and boycotts. This is far less the case with Tel Aviv as we have seen.

    There’s more to the contest than just getting tickets (and I speak as a fan who has been both lucky and disappointed in past attempts to get tickets). Tel Aviv is the perfect host city for an Israeli Eurovision and we should be celebrating its announcement as host wholeheartedly.

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