The Municipality of Amsterdam has not been able to find a suitable location to hold Europe’s favourite television show as all three potential venues in the city are fully booked during the Eurovision period.
Initially Amsterdam was relying to host the event at the Ziggo Dome, but the venue is fully booked and it could not relocate or cancel all the booked events in order accomodate the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision venue has to be available and free for organization for at least 8 weeks. The Ziggo Dome did its level best to make this possible but there were many hurdles to overcome as its agenda was quite busy during the Eurovision period.
The Mayor of Amsterdam Ms. Femke Halsema wrote to the City Council of Amsterdam:
The main reason for Amsterdam’s withdrawal seems to be a message from the Ziggo Dome stating that the venue will not be available in the relevant period next year due to bookings and reservations that cannot be canceled.
The RAI Amsterdam and the Johan Cruyff Arena are also not available and the AFAS Live Music Room would not be large enough to host the event.
Amsterdam wishes Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Arnhem and Maastricht every success in the preparation of their bidbook.
The Municipality of Amsterdam has tried to set up an alternative location to host the Eurovision Song Contest, which would house the competition in an original outdoor festival location set up in tents in the Lowlands, Ms. Halsema goes on to state:
After working out this concept, the whole project appears to be too complex and with too many uncertainties to ultimately offer a fully-fledged alternative to the Ziggo Dome.
This leaves Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Arnhem and Maastricht / Limburg in the host city battle. The Hague, Leeuwarden and Breda have all dropped out of the host city bidding race.