The construction in Düsseldorf's Esprit Arena, the venue for the Eurovision song contest 2011 has started this week when the host broadcasted NRD took over. The works started with removing the football lawn and installing the temporary roof over the stadium. The stage itself has been built in Hamburg and will be taken to Düsseldorf by 37 trucks. It includes a 13 meters diameters part but the actual stage is kept secret until the rehearsals start in three weeks. There will also be a LED wall of 18x60 meters.
As for the rehearsals they will start on May 1, 2011 with Poland. Finns are not very lucky with their rehearsal schedule as Paradise Oskar will close the first day's technical rehearsals (17.20-18.00) followed by screening and press conference at 18.45-19.25.
The second technical rehearsal is on May 5 at 16.30-17.00 right after an afternoon coffee break, followed by a press conference at 17.45-18.15.
Next are then the dress rehearsals 1+2 on May 9 and the third one on May 10 before the night's First semifinal. And then if, and when, he qualifies for the final next are the dress rehearsals for the final on May 13 (1+2) and May 14 (3) before the Grand Final.