Two minor, but very interesting venues from Austria. Both built recently and both aesthetically and functionally well above average. We wouldn’t mind to see more stadia like these growing…
Sunken into the ground, new stadium in Austrian town of Melk was opened in mid-2011. Inauguration game against famous Rapid Wien gathered a record crowd of some 2,500 which may be taken as capacity of the ground as room behind fences is also approved for viewers.
Seats, however, are located only on the two-tiered main stand that owes its distinctive look to rough concrete blocks it was built from and a wide roof.
In 2009 new football academy was opened in Austrian city of Mattersburg. The complex of 7 playing fields (6 of which are full-sized) and a boarding school wouldn’t be all that impressive, if it wasn’t for the fact that rooms overlook the main stadium that holds some 2,500 people and balconies may serve as very unique ‘skyboxes’ for those wishing to watch, for example, games of SV Mattersburg reserves.