The Ernst Happel Stadium ()
(Praterstadion until 1992, sometimes also called Wiener Stadion) in Leopoldstadt
, the 2nd district of Austria
's capital Vienna
, is the largest stadium in Austria. It was built between 1929 and 1931 for the second Workers' Olympiad to the design of German architect Otto Ernst Schweizer. The stadium was renamed in honour of Ernst Happel
following his death in 1992. The stadium was host to seven games in UEFA Euro 2008
, including the final
which saw Spain
triumph over Germany
. It also served as a Holocaust
prison during World War II
The stadium is owned by the City of Vienna (Municipal Department 51 - Sports of the City of Vienna). It is managed by the Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H., a subsidiary of Wien Holding.
For concerts in the stadium can be viewed on the lawn up to 19,000 seats are added. Besides the sports facilities are located in and around the stadium to and partially under the stadium to and partially under the stadium roof built several office building Municipal Departments of the City of Vienna.
The foundation stone was made in November 1928 to the 10-year celebration of the still young Republic of Austria. The stadium was constructed in 23 months from 1929 to 1931 after the plans of the Tübingen architect Otto Ernst Schweizer
and the second Workers' Olympiad. Schweizer also built the adjacent Stadionbad (with 400,000 sq m of Europe's largest swimming... Read More