Focus 2015: Klagenfurt

Hello guys and welcome back to the ‘Focus 2015’ series, where we review the different potential host cities for the 2015 Contest in Austria! After I reviewed Innsbruck, it’s time to turn our attention to the southernmost city that’s in the running to host next year’s Contest: Klagenfurt! So what does the city have to offer and would the city be the best choice for ORF to pick? Keep reading to find out!

Klagenfurt's Wörthersee Stadion would be the arena if they won the rights..but is the city Eurovision-worthy?
Klagenfurt’s Wörthersee Stadion would be the arena if they won the rights to host the Contest..but is the city Eurovision-worthy?

Klagenfurt is one of the lesser known Austrian cities, but it’s still played a large part in sport – the city was one of the eight cities used in the Euro 2008 Football Championships that Austria co-hosted with Switzerland, along with Innsbruck. There’s also a large ice hockey scene in Klagenfurt, with the current ice hockey champions in Austria coming from Klagenfurt. The city is the sixth-largest city in Austria and  If you’re not sure where Klagenfurt is, it’s situated in the south of the country near the border with Slovenia, which will be rather handy later on. If you want to know where the city is on a map, here it is below!

Klagenfurt is in the south of the country - if it wins the bid, we all might as well stay in Slovenia!
Klagenfurt is in the south of the country – if it wins the bid, we all might as well stay in Slovenia!

Klagenfurt was one the cities that contemplated not entering the bidding process at first, but eventually decided to enter the race a couple of days after Austria had won the Contest. Should the city be selected to host Eurovision 2015, the Contest will be held in the Wörthersee Stadion, a huge stadium that was built in 2006 and can hold up to 30,000 people – a whole lot more than the minimum requirements set by ORF. The stadium was built to host Euro 2008, but is now used for football games by SK Austria Klagenfurt, the local team. If the arena is selected to host Eurovision, a roof would have to be built to accommodate for the amount of grids etc. However, it would be one of the more extravagant arenas that could hold one of the largest amounts of fans in the history of the ESC – their neighbours in Germany held the Contest in the Esprit Arena, which help 36,000 people. So if the arena is selected for the 60th Contest, one should expect a very grand show!

The city is relatively accessible through its own international airport which is just 3 kilometres away from the city centre. Unlike Innsbruck, however, the amount of destinations that the airport serves is rather small and so, if you live in any of the cities that it serves (see the list here) you won’t have to go through the turmoil that those who don’t will have to. Those people who live in other cities, may have to fly to Ljubljana Airport in neighbouring Slovenia, which is 70 kilometres away and get a bus or train to Austria..that’s a lot of money spent just getting to and from the airport! Luckily, the area has a lot of sightseeing activities that us fans can enjoy! Klagenfurt is home to Europapark, a park in which people can “troll, relax, play chess and enjoy the beautiful plants”. The park is highly regarded for its wildlife and is full of peacocks who fan their feathers…so peacock enthusiasts better look out! Lindwurm is the city’s main attraction and has a large myth around it which involves a dragon, some menials, and a lot of “promised land”. Don’t hesitate to go and visit that area, which is mostly dominated by a beautiful castle.. and finally, possibly THE best thing you can go and see in Klagenfurt….wait for it…is the local IKEA store. People from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia come to see it…and probably buy some things from it, but it’s mentioned as a “must-see” in Klagenfurt, so who am I to judge?

Now that we know some info on Klagenfurt and the Wörthersee Stadion, is this area the best area that ORF could pick? It would indeed be a good show if Klagenfurt got the Eurovision, as the show would return back to when it was hosted in large stadiums like the Baku Crystal Hall and Telanor Arena and therefore, we’d expect a really brilliant show. However, the amount of faffing about we’d all have to do in terms of getting to/from the airport to the arena, it may seem like a bit too much hassle for ORF to put up with. Sadly, I can’t see Klagenfurt getting the rights to host the Contest, but if we are heading to the Stadion next year, expect a very glamorous and extravagant show! Do you think Klagenfurt should host next year’s Eurovision?

Your views:

Do you think Klagenfurt would be the best possible host city?

Ilias Kozantinos from Cyprus: I’d like the show to be in a large arena. Klagenfurt has that, but it would be easier to have it in Vienna.

Aleksandr Gurabov from Russia: I think the best thing about Klagenfurt is the arena. Nothing else would interest the organisers..let’s have it in a great arena in the Austrian capital!

Svana Lístí Agnarsdóttir from Iceland: I think Vienna’s the best place to hold it. It’s easy to get to and the Messe there can hold just as many people as Klagenfurt could.

Fiona Warde from the United Kingdom: Klagenfurt would be a great place to host it! I was there myself once – it’s such a beautiful city..and at least Slovenia wouldn’t have to travel far!

Well it seems that Klagenfurt has almost been ruled out completely by most fans, with nearly all of them going towards Vienna as the host city. Even if Vienna was selected as the city to host the Contest, it wouldn’t be able to put on a show like Düsseldorf did when it was hosted in a stadium like the Wörthersee Stadion..will it get chosen? We’ll have to wait and what do you think of Klagenfurt? Should it be the city that should the 60th Eurovision Song Contest or should it be in another candidate city? Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting below!


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