Lisbon is officially announced as the host city for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest by RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster.
Preperations for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest started early as the Portuguese national broadcaster RTP already made its first meeting to discuss Eurovision preperations. During the meeting RTP already decided Lisbon as the host city for the upcoming contest. General director of RTP suggested MEO Arena as the venue for the upcoming contest which has a capacity for 20.000 people. Mr. Silvia stated that the budget for next years contest will be about 30 Million Euro.