|Cost||€ 53 mln|
|Design||ARC – Architektur Concept|
Allianz Stadion – design description
The old Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion is expected to be demolished, while a brand new ground will stand partly on its blueprint. Because the pitch will be rotated 90 degrees north, the modern building will also consume one training field north of the old stadium, decreasing Rapid’s training centre to three fields.
The enclosed bowl with vivid green cladding will be very simple and unified across the stadium, but with the exception of western grandstand. A tubular pavilion will be located there, becoming the most distinctive part of the design. Its southern façade will create a large, transparent crest of the club.
One more interesting element is the single floodlight mast located in south-eastern corner of the new stadium. This will be a left of old Hanappi as a tribute to the previous stadium. It won’t serve as matchday lighting, though. All actual floodlights will be located atop the roof to minimize light pollution to nearby residents.
Single-tiered stands will allow 24,000 people in the stadium’s European configuration, with seats only. However, early renderings clearly show the south end will be dedicated to most vibrant supporters and may function as a terrace. In this version the stadium will hold 28,000 people.
The new arena will have a very high percentage of premium seating. The main grandstand will have 2,500 business seats and a large number of 40 skyboxes, also joined by two large suites for banqueting. This infrastructure is hoped to make Rapid Austria’s best-earning club. However, the west side will also house club offices, megastore and museum.
Demolition of the old stadium is expected to begin in the summer of 2014, while building its successor should take two years. This means we should see the stadium opened in 2016, after the club spends €53 million on construction. 40% of its budget will come from a Vienna city hall grant, while the remainder will be covered by Rapid privately.
Significant naming rights contract will ease the club’s financial burden. As of July 2014 until mid-2025 the stadium will be called Allianz Stadion.
Vienna: Rapid sued over inflated cost of Allianz Stadion
General contractor of Allianz Stadion demands additional € 2.8 million for the delivered contract. Rapid remains calm and seems not inclined to pay.
New stadium: Rapid settling in
Series of openings is ongoing as we’re writing, so please don’t mind that we’re a week behind with this stadium’s presentation. It’s still weeks before the last “opening game”.
Vienna: Triple opening for Allianz Stadion
Whether you count from the first partial inauguration or include only full capacity games, July sees three openings of Allianz Stadion. Unless you count them all, then the title won’t make much sense…
Vienna: Chelsea to open Allianz Stadion
Rapid Wien confirmed their rival for stadium opening game. Chelsea is coming on July 16 and tickets for Allianz Stadion are actually quite cheap.
Vienna: Rapid’s great season ticket demand
In just four days of closed presale Rapid managed to sell 10,000 season tickets for their new home. Open sale will begin on Monday, but not many season tickets will be left.
Vienna: Decorations arrive at Allianz Stadion three months before opening
For a few days now the giant sign RAPID dominates the southern façade, while green paneling begins to cover the concrete and steel structure. Allianz Stadion is almost ready before opening in June.
Vienna: Rapid along plan and the plan is great
Construction of Austria’s largest private stadium is exactly on schedule and Rapid is about to complete the country’s largest crowd-investing campaign. The goal: top 50 of European clubs.
Wien: Rapid allows fans to invest in new stadium
In order to secure loans outside the banking system, Rapid Wien invited fans to invest in the club with a 2-3% return. And already nearly €500,000 are secured!
Vienna: Last concrete poured, great pace
New stadium for Rapid Wien is growing impressively fast. Last week the very last portion of concrete was poured and panicle decorates the main stand now.
Vienna: Rapid presents final seating layout for Allianz Stadion
Instead of green-white waves, seats will be installed in a much simpler pattern. Allianz Stadion’s sponsor will not have its name written, while entire east stand will be covered by five large letters: RAPID.
New design: Austria chasing Rapid
They’ve been gradually upgrading their stadium in recent years. Now Austria Wien are going for it and trying to compete with Rapid. Will this vision be enough to beat derby rivals in matchday revenue?
Vienna: Large crawler to arrive tomorrow
Foundations of the new Rapid stadium are ready now, so it’s time to mount the stands. This task will be carried out by a massive crawler crane, which is to arrive tomorrow.
Vienna: Allianz Stadion’s foundation works start tomorrow
After three months of demolition works 99% of the old Hanappi Stadion is gone. Tomorrow foundation laying begins on site, while in one and a half year Allianz Stadion is to be opened.
Vienna: Rapid filed planning application for Allianz Stadion
Planning papers were submitted in the city hall today. Rapid hopes to get fast approval and begin works before the end of summer. Also, the stadium’s address may be changed.
Vienna: Rapid fans celebrated Hanappi-Stadion one last time
Sell-out crowd, loud chants, impressive tifos, pyrotechnics and tears. And that only off the field. On it two friendly games were held to bid farewell to Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion. Demolition will start this summer.
New design: Allianz Stadion
Rapid Wien hopes to become Austria’s top club partly thanks to this stadium. Its large corporate section might prove crucial in reaching this goal.