|131 (VIP seats)|
|166 (Press seats)|
|Other names||Praterstadion (1931-1992)|
|Renovations||1945, 1956, 1965, 1984 – 1986, 2005 - 2008|
|Record attendance||92 708 (Austria - Spain, 30.10.1960)|
|Deisgn||Otto Ernst Schweizer (1929)|
|Address||A - 1020 Wien, Meiereistraße|
Ernst-Happel-Stadion – stadium description
Plans to build a new stadium in Vienna started appearing already in 1915, but for the next 14 years its location remained uncertain. It was in May 1929 that authorities decided to locate it in the Prater Park, located on the Danube embankment. Construction began in July and ended after 23 months. From then Praterstadion, as it was known for most of its existence, became home to biggest games in Austria for the next decade. After the country's incarnation into the Third Reich it was used as barracks for soldiers and also as prison for Jewish citizens. That was until bombardments destroyed part of the ground in 1944.
The following year structure was repaired and in the 50's a redevelopment raised capacity above 90,000 people. All-time attendance record was broken – most probably – on October 30th 1960, when Austria defeated Spain 3:0 in front of 92,708 people – over 1,000 above capacity. Those were the days – must have been comments of many Austrians when capacity has been decreased twice, falling to 72,000 in the 60's and to 55,000 in the 70's. Both changes came with the installment of seating instead of standing terraces. Today's name is a tribute to Ernst Happel, the legendary goalkeeper of Rapid and Austrian national team who played some of his biggest games here. Decision on naming was taken in 1992, when the player passed away.
Stands divided into three tiers surround the pitch and an athletics track. Since 1986 viewers are also covered. Partly thanks to the cover this ground was home to some of Europe's biggest games, including but not limited to historical matches of Austria and four European Cup finals (later called Champions League).
Vienna: “Ernst-Happel-Stadion must stay”
Historians took to the media to appeal for Ernst-Happel-Stadion not to be demolished. The venue is of crucial historical importance indeed, but that doesn't make it fit for purpose in 2018. What will authorities do?
Vienna: Experts recommend building from scratch
Ernst-Happel-Stadion isn't viable in the long term, a brand new national stadium should be erected instead. But the current one is a listed monument, which may be a major issue.
Vienna: What’s next for Austria’s national stadium?
City councilor for sports and culture hints that the current Ernst-Happel-Stadion will either be upgraded or left intact. Meanwhile the football authorities hope for a brand new one.
Vienna: Answer about national stadium soon
Soon we should know the outcome of currently ongoing study concerning Austria’s national stadium. Should there be a new one or will Ernst-Happel-Stadion get a makeover?
New lists: Who got 4 and 5 stars from UEFA?
It’s only 38 stadiums in total across Europe, so the two lists are truly exclusive. Check out who was granted a 4 or 5-star note by UEFA and why we’re showing these lists to you now…
Euro Qualifiers: England, Poland and Germany on top
Perhaps surprisingly, the three most-supported national teams during Euro 2016 qualifiers were England, Poland and Germany. In that order! Italy and Spain left well behind, while Austria strived.
Vienna: Austria needs a new national stadium
After great success in their Euro 2016 qualifiers, Austrians are again talking about building a new national stadium. Budapest is given as example for Vienna.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
Vienna: Pyrotechnics allowed for Rapid games
Fans of Rapid Wien may now light “limited number of flares” for every game. But that limited number may be well beyond 100 flares! Still, enthusiasm seems mixed with scepticism.
Vienna: Austria and Rapid to share national stadium?
All indications say that for at least one season both largest clubs in Vienna will be playing all home games at Ernst-Happel-Stadion. Neither has any intention to stay there longer, though.