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Work started on the new stadium in 1928, but due to the worldwide financial crisis it was not completed until 1931. The Ernst Happel Stadion, initially called Prater Stadion, was built between 1929 and 1931. A new large multi-sport stadium had been a longstanding wish of the city of Vienna. Work started on the new stadium in 1928, but due to the worldwide financial crisis it was not completed until 1931.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Sunday, 03.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

Ernst Happel, the football coach of Austria's national team at the time, was contracted to build and manage the stadium. The new large stadium, initially called Prater Stadion, was built between 1929 and 1931 by Austrian football coach Ernst Happel under contract with the city of Vienna. The stadium was reconstructed and renovated at least six times, most recently in 2007. Construction of the stadium took 23 months, and it officially opened on 11 June 1931. The stadium consisted of two bowl-shaped tiers that could hold about 60,000 spectators. The stadium was reconstructed and renovated at least six times, most recently in 2007.

In 1956, the Prater Stadium's capacity was increased from 55,000 to 91,150 due to the increasing popularity of football.

In 1960, an attendance of 90,726 was set during an international between the Austrian and USSR national teams.

The stadium's capacity has decreased over the years, from a maximum of almost seventy thousand in the 1980s to just over sixty thousand at present due to renovations and expansions. A redevelopment was announced in 1984 that included the construction of a roof and the conversion of the stadium into an all-seater, which further reduced capacity to its present level.

The stadium was renamed Ernő Hapel Stadion in 1993 in honour of the legendary Austrian player and manager.

The Ernst Happel Stadion was refurbished for the Euro 2008 tournament, which included the installation of temporary bleachers in front of the permanent stands. During the tournament, it hosted three group matches, a quarter-final, a semi-final, and the final between Spain and Germany (1-0).

Over the years, the stadium has hosted four Champions League and European Cup finals. The first was between Internazionale and Real Madrid in 1964, followed by Porto versus FC Bayern in 1987, AC Milan versus Benfica in 1990, and Ajax versus AC Milan in 1995.

The 1970 Cup Winners' Cup final between Manchester City and Gornik Zabrze took place at Ernst Happel Stadion.

Between 2014 and 2016, the stadium was the home of Rapid Wien while they built their new Allianz Stadion in place of their old Gerhard Hanappi Stadion. In 2016, Austria Wien moved into the stadium when they started works on rebuilding their Generali-Arena, which will be finished in 2018.

The Austrian FA has expressed the desire to build a new national stadium over the years, but at the moment there seems to be little appetite from the city to build an expensive new stadium that would only be used a few times per year.

(photos of the present Ernst Happel Stadion below)

How to get to Ernst Happel Stadion

The Ernst Happel Stadion is located about three-and-a-half kilometers east of Vienna's inner city on the edge of the Prater Park, close to the Danube river. The Vienna Ferris Wheel, also in the Prater Park, lies about two-and-a-half kilometers north-west of the stadium. The stadium is easily accessible with metro line 2. The station Stadion is right next to the stadium. Metro line 2 runs along the northern and western edge of Vienna's city center.

Address: Meiereistraße 7, 1020 Wien

Eat, drink, and sleep near Ernst Happel Stadion

The Ernst Happel Stadion is located in between the Prater Park and the Danube River, which are both mixed up with some other sports facilities, the city's conference center, some retail stores, and some residential buildings. Right accross the road from the stadium is the Stadion Center shopping mall, which also offers some food outlets, but generally the options for eating and drinking are rather limited and it is better done in the inner city and surroundings. The Prater Park is very nice though on a summer day, and the fair with the famous ferris wheel is also just at walking distance.

It's about a fifteen-minute walk from the stadium, but there are public transportation options available as well.

You could also strategically choose your hotel at a location between the stadium and the inner city, so that both are within walking distance. The Suite Hotel 200m zum Prater is on the other side of the park toward the center. Hotel Urania, Hotel Adlon, and Hotel Cristall lie close to the fair and are reasonably priced. There are also various apartment rental options in the area.

If you want to stay close to Ernst Happel Stadium, there are a few hotels available. If you would like to stay in Vienna's inner city, some different options are available.

Austria National Team Tickets

Ticket sales for Austrian national team matches go through the Austrian football association.

Relevant Internet links

Welcome to Wien.info, your online travel guide for Vienna.Wienerlinien.at – the official website for public transport in Vienna. Here you'll find information on all the city's buses, trams, trains and subway lines, as well as helpful maps and timetables. We hope you find our site useful and that you have enjoyable travels in Vienna! With Austria's own stadium scheduled to open in 2019, the only chance to catch a game at the national stadium will be an international game. Consequently, I recommend everybody catching a game after a day of sightseeing in Vienna. Plenty of food outlets inside the stadium with hot dogs, burgers and fries - perfect for catching up on some energy before the game.

The only chance to catch a game at the national stadium will be an international game. With Austria finishing their own stadium next year, the city of Vienna is the best place to go to see a game. There are plenty of food outlets inside the city which offer hot dogs, burgers, and fries. After a day of sightseeing in Vienna, I recommend everybody catching a game!

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Ernst Happel Stadion: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022).

Work started on the new stadium in 1928, but due to the worldwide financial crisis it was not completed until 1931. The Ernst Happel Stadion, initially called Prater Stadion, was built between 1929 and 1931. A new large multi-sport stadium had been a longstanding wish of the city of Vienna. Work started on the new stadium in 1928, but due to the worldwide financial crisis it was not completed until 1931.

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