After the longest wait in Eurovision history Portugal stormed to victory on 14 May 2017 at the 62nd ESC in Kiev. Salvador Sobral’s unique “Amar Pelos Dois” swept both the jury and public votes, earning Portugal the right to stage the contest in 2018.
Preparations began almost immediately after the Kiev contest and a number of different Portuguese cities are reportedly bidding for the right to stage the live shows. On 25 July 2017, it was announced that the MEO Arena in Lisbon will host the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The arena was built for Expo 1998 and is one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe with a maximum capacity of around 20,000. The exact configuration for the contest has not yet been confirmed, but the live shows will take place on 8, 10 and 12 May, 2018.
No fan ticketing arrangements have yet been agreed, but OGAE is hoping to once again secure access to tickets for its members. Demand is likely to be very high indeed. Fans are urged to join their local OGAE club in order to maximise their chances of participating in any fan ticketing arrangements.
OGAE International is already working with OGAE Portugal to prepare a range of activities to ensure that 2018 is another great Eurovision fan experience.