The Ernst-Happel Stadium is the biggest arena in all of Austria, and it is often hosting important soccer matches, and from time to time big events and concerts. For someone it is not known by the title Ernst-Happel Stadium, because until 1992 it was known in Austria as Praterstadion. By others the stadium is known as Wiener Stadion. But, to not confuse visitors and locals, the title is know Ernst-Happel Stadium, and that is the title we also use as we speak of the stadium.
It was the host of the final of the European Championship in soccer in 2008, where Spain won 1-0 against Germany. But, the stadium also has some dark spots in its history. During World War II it was used as a Holocaust prison.
The stadium was built between 1929 and 1931, designed by the architect Otto Ernst Schweizer. A big renovation happened on the stadium in 1986. For the largest music events the stadium can receive between 50,000 and 68,000 spectators, depending on the location of the stage. If the stage is located in the middle of the stadium the max is 68,5000 spectators.
Among the most famous artists who have performed here notable names such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Guns’n Roses, Tina Turner, U2, the Three Tenors, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, AC/DC and lots of other similar bands can be found. If there are concerts in Vienna arranged here, you better be there.
Meiereistraße 7, 1020 Wien
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