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 Altice 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, although the capacity is likely to be considerably smaller for the ESC. 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.
Fan ticketing arrangements have been agreed with the EBU and RTP who have made 1700 ticket packages available in various categories to OGAE members. Demand from members has been extremely high with, almost 5000 members requesting tickets, so we cannot meet all these requests.
The allocation of available fan ticket packages to the various national clubs has already taken place and each club is now determining which lucky members will be able to buy the tickets. Unfortunately, owing to the terms of our ticket process, individuals joining a national OGAE club after September 2017 are not eligible for 2018 fan ticket packages.
The general sale of tickets will take place in waves, with the first batch of tickets to be sold on 30 November 2017. Details are available from www.eurovision.tv and the official ticket agency www.BlueTicket.pt