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Ernst Happel Stadion: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

The stadium was part of the so-called "Wundertänzer" project, funded by the city and designed by Austrian architect Otto Neurath. The stadium hosted its first event in 1931 and was officially inaugurated on July 1, 1932. It has been the home ground of FC Austria Wien since its establishment in 1911. Ernst Happel Stadium, initially called Prater Stadium, got built between 1929 and 1931. A new large multi-sport stadium had been a longstanding wish of the city of Vienna. The stadium was part of the so-called "Wundertänzer" project, funded by the city and designed by Austrian architect Otto Neurath. The stadium hosted its first event in 1931 and was officially inaugurated on July 1, 1932. It has been the home ground of FC Austria Wien since its establishment in 1911.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The city of Vienna, Austria, and its many sports clubs had lobbied for a new stadium since the late 1920s. Prater Stadion was originally built as part of an effort to revitalize the area around it. The stadium was originally called Prater Stadion and hosted association football, rugby union, and athletics events. It became known as Ernst Happel Stadion after Ernst Happel, a former player and coach for Rapid Vienna who died in 1991. The stadium has been the home of Austrian national football team games since 1931. Construction of the stadium took 23 months, and it officially opened on 11 June 1931 with the Workers Olympiad. The stadium consisted of two bowl-shaped tiers that could hold about 60,000 spectators. The tiers were connected by a long concourse, which made it possible for spectators to move between them.

However, with the increasing popularity of football after World War II, the Prater Stadion was soon in need of expansion. In 1956 therefore, a third tier was added to bring capacity to 91,150.

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

By 1984, several standing areas had already been converted into seats, which reduced the stadium's capacity to just over 70,000. A grand redevelopment was announced in 1984, which included the construction of a roof and the conversion of the stadium into an all-seater. Capacity was further reduced to under 60,000 by 1991.

In 1993, the stadium's name was changed to Ernst Happel Stadion in honour of the legendary Austrian player and manager.

The Ernst Happel Stadion was further refurbished for the Euro 2008 tournament, which included the placement 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).

The stadium has hosted four Champions League and European Cup finals, starting in 1964 with the final between Internazionale and Real Madrid. The stadium has hosted 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 was held at Ernst Happel Stadion.

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

Over the years, Ernst Happel Stadion has shown significant signs of age and the Austrian FA has therefore expressed the desire to construct a new national stadium. However, at this time there does not seem to be much 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 Stadium is located about 3.5 kilometers east of Vienna's inner city on the edge of the Prater Park close to the Danube river. The famous ferris wheel, also in the Prater Park, lies about 2.5 kilometers north-west of the stadium. At the station Stadion, line 2 is easily accessible. It 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

Ernst Happel Stadium is located in between the Prater Park and the Danube River, which are mixed together with some other sports facilities, the city's conference center, some retail, and some residential buildings. Just down 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.

Due to the vicinity of the conference centre, there are a decent amount of hotels close to Ernst Happel Stadium.

You could also strategically choose your hotel at a location between the stadium and the inner city, making sure both are within walking distance. The Suite Hotel 200m zum Prater is on the other side of the park towards 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 in the inner city of Vienna, there are a few hotels nearby Ernst Happel Stadion.

Austria National Team Tickets

The Austrian football association sells tickets for matches of the Austrian national team.

Relevant Internet links

Wien.info provides online travel information for Vienna, including public transportation information. With Austria finishing their own stadium next year, the only chance to catch a game at the national stadium will be an international game. Vienna is a nice city, so I would recommend everybody catching a game after spending a day there sightseeing. Plenty of food outlets inside with hot dogs, burgers and fries.

With Austria finishing their own stadium in 2020, the only chance to catch a game at the national stadium will be an international game. Vienna is a nice city, so I would recommend everybody catching a game after spending a day there sightseeing. Plenty of food outlets inside with hot dogs, burgers and fries.

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    Ernst Happel Stadion: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022).

    The stadium was part of the so-called "Wundertänzer" project, funded by the city and designed by Austrian architect Otto Neurath. The stadium hosted its first event in 1931 and was officially inaugurated on July 1, 1932. It has been the home ground of FC Austria Wien since its establishment in 1911. Ernst Happel Stadium, initially called Prater Stadium, got built between 1929 and 1931. A new large multi-sport stadium had been a longstanding wish of the city of Vienna. The stadium was part of the so-called "Wundertänzer" project, funded by the city and designed by Austrian architect Otto Neurath. The stadium hosted its first event in 1931 and was officially inaugurated on July 1, 1932. It has been the home ground of FC Austria Wien since its establishment in 1911.

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