Ernst Happel Stadion in Wien
The stadium was designed by Architect Professor Ernst Schweizer using the Roman amphitheatre as his model. When it opened in 1931 the stadium could hold 60,000 spectators. The capacity of the stadium increased in the 1950s to 91,150. In 1960 the a highest attendance of 90,726 was recorded during an international match between the Austrian and USSR national teams.
The stadium was refurbished for the Euro 2008 tournament, and hosted three group matches, a quarter-final, a semi-final, and the final between Spain and Germany. Currently the Ernst Happel stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000.
Throughout its history the stadium has played host to a number of major finals, such as the European Cup final in 1964 between Internazionale and Real Madrid, in 1970 between Manchester City and Gornik Zabrze, in 1987 between Porto FC and FC Bayern Munich, in 1990 between AC Milan and Benfica Lisbon and the Champions League final of 1995 between AFC Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan.
Ernst Happel Stadion is the home ground of the Austrian National Football Team.
Clubs — Austrian National Football Team, FK Austria Wien and SK Rapid Wien for European matches as their regular stadiums are too small to host UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup matches.
Capacity — 50,000
Opened — 1931
Location — Vienna, Austria. Vienna is the largest city and capital of Austria. The main tourist attractions are the imperial palaces of the Hofburg and Schönbrunn and the Riesenrad in the Prater.
Other highlights include the Burgtheater, the Wiener State Opera concert house, the St Stephens Cathedral or Dome in Vienna Stephansplatz, and the Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish horse riding school.
Address — Ernst Happel Stadium, Meiereistraße 1020 Wien, PO Box, Austria
Website — Ernst Happel Stadion
Directions — www.wienersportstaetten.at
By Car — from the A4 motorway drive towards Vienna’s city centre and take the B221 exit toward Erdberg. Turn right onto the Stadionallee and follow until reaching Ernst Happel football stadium.
By Underground — metro line U2 to station “Stadion”. Trains operate in 3 or 4-minute intervals (2-minute intervals at peak times, e.g. when a match is finished). Hours of operation will be extended if a match ends later than expected (e.g. extra time, …).
By Bus : the stadium can be reached by bus lines 11A, 77A, 84A, 80B
Nearest main train station — the city has several main railway stations such as Wien Hauptbahnhof, Wien Westbahnhof, Wien Mitte and Wien Praterstern.
Nearest Airport — the closest airport is Flughafen Wien-Schwechat, located 18 km or 11 miles southeast of central Vienna in Austria.