Generali Arena (Vienna)
|View from the south stand (July 2018)|
|place||Horrpatz 1 1100 Vienna , Favoriten , Austria
|start of building||1925
|opening||August 30, 1925
July 13, 2018
|First game||August 30, 1925
SK Slovan - ASV Hertha 1: 0
July 13, 2018
FK Austria Wien - Borussia Dortmund 0: 1
|Extensions||1982 New construction of the north grandstand
1987 New construction of the west stand
1997 Demolition of the south stand / 1925
1999 New construction of the south stand
2008 Demolition of the east stand / 1997
2008 New construction of the east stand
2009 Turf heating
2014 New construction corner south / west
2016 Demolition of the north stand / 1982
2016-2018 New construction of the north stand
2016 Demolition of the west stand / 1987
2016-2018 New construction of the west stand
2016–2018 New construction of the north / east corner
2017–2018 Renovation of the south stand
|costs||North Stand (1982–2016): 50 million ATS
Stand (1987–2016): 30 million ATS South Stand (1999): 94 million ATS
East Stand (2008): 9.3 million €
Underfloor heating € 500,000, -
Floodlights> 1,400 Lux (HD compatible): € 1.3–1.5 million
corner south / west € 2.5 million
STAR project € 48 million (approx. 80 percent of which is stadium)
|architect||Hazet construction company|
|Capacity (internat.)||15,014 seats|
|playing area||105 × 68 m|
The Generali Arena (until 2010 Franz Horr Stadium ) is a football stadium on the Favoritner Laaer Berg in the Austrian capital Vienna . It has been used as the home stadium by Bundesliga club FK Austria Wien since 1973 and has a capacity for 15,000 to 17,500 spectators. The original stadium was built in 1925 as České-srdce-Platz by the first division club SK Slovan Wien . In 1974 it was named after the recently deceased WFV President Franz Horr . The stadium has been named after the Generali insurance group since 2011 . From 2016 to 2018 the stadium was renovated and rebuilt. The opening took place on July 13, 2018 with a game against Borussia Dortmund (0: 1). During international games, the stadium is called Viola Park .
Location and transport links
The stadium was built in 1925 on the undeveloped meadows on Laaer Berg in the south of Vienna, but these have meanwhile been largely built.
From 1925 to 2017, the stadium could only be reached by tram 67. This relatively poor public transport connection was criticized as inadequate when it opened. The stadium can also be reached by bus routes 15A and 68A. Since September 2, 2017, the stadium has been much easier to reach thanks to the U1 underground line , which was given the Altes Landgut station in the immediate vicinity of the stadium .
The Generali Arena is purely a football stadium and held around 11,800 visitors before the renovation. These were distributed over 9,000 seats, of which almost 6,000 could be used for higher-class UEFA competitions according to the 2000 UEFA guidelines , as well as a further 2,800 covered standing room. Directly to the north of the stadium is the training area with three large training fields , with an artificial turf field being available since 1984 . To the east next door is the building of the Vienna Football Association , which moved into the training building of the Franz Horr Stadium here in January 1991. The facility was built in 1987 after the old training center burned down completely on April 17, 1986. The area covers a total of almost 96,200 square meters.
The main stand and heart of the stadium is the south stand, which bears the name Matthias Sindelar stand. It was planned and built between 1997 and 1999 and has 3,000 folding seats . There are also the players' cubicles, the club secretariat, a press room and several VIP boxes above the rows of seats. Opposite the south stand, the north stand is the second large seating grandstand. It also has 3,000 folding seats, but it was built in 1982 and is much older. The third covered grandstand is the west grandstand behind the gate. It was opened in 1987 as a stand-alone grandstand with a capacity of 2,800 spectators. The former east stand was dismantled in April 2008 and replaced by a two-story stand with either 4,200 standing or 3,000 seats. Today this is mainly home to the Ultrà groups of Austria.
The homeland of Slovan - České srdce
The SK Slovan Vienna contributed since 1921 its home games on the Meidlinger of football field in the Edelsinnstraße, which at that time the SC Wacker Wien had been bought. The latter built his own large stadium with the Schönbrunn Stadium and Slovan himself was called for his own large stadium after being promoted to the top Austrian league in 1922/23 . In particular, this should be in the home district of Favoriten , from which most of the supporters were recruited. So Slovan was able to agree with the association České srdce, in German Czech Heart, to build a football stadium on the square of the same name. On August 15, 1925, the new stadium, which was also named České srdce, was inaugurated. Slovan invited to a small blitz tournament in which the teams Sparta Prague , Vienna , the amateurs and Slovan took part in front of 15,000 spectators. The first goal scorer at the new sports field was Jan Dvořáček from Prague Sparta. The official opening finally took place two weeks later on August 30th with the first game of the new championship season 1925/26 . Thanks to a goal by Rudolf Hanel, Slovan was able to defeat district rivals Hertha 1-0 in their debut.
The Illustrierte Sportblatt dedicated the following lines to the opening: The opening of a new sports field is always a small sensation, especially because the sports field that the Czech Heart Association has built in Favoriten and that SK Slovan will use to host its competitions is one represents an excellent sports facility, of which one can already say today, since it is far from being expanded, that it will seriously compete with the Hohe Warte . For the time being there are only a few covered seats available, but this deficiency should be remedied in a short time and Vienna will then have a second stadium, which many other large cities will envy. The Hohewarte has, however, immediately again have a clear advantage in that the opening of the new electric railway a wonderful improvement in traffic after Döbling means, while the influx to the Favoritner place in the main to a single artery and only the tram is limited .
In fact, it was planned to build a stadium with a capacity of 80,000 spectators taking advantage of the long slope on Laaer Berg and building natural grandstands. In addition, a training ground, a gymnasium and an ice rink were soon built, and tennis courts, a theater, a music pavilion and an administration building with an apartment were to follow in order to offer the Czech population of Favoriten a correspondingly large leisure area. The plans were prevented by the acute financial distress of Slovan and the Czech Heart, the two clubs and the stadium could only be preserved thanks to donation campaigns by large clubs such as Prague Sparta . Nevertheless, Slovan was able to celebrate some significant successes in the championship, the game became famous in which Rapid 1926 was beaten 4: 3 after Slovan had previously celebrated a 5: 4 away win in Hütteldorf. For a total of five seasons - 1925 to 1929 and 1931 to 1932 - the green stars played their matches in the first division here. In the meantime and until the club was dissolved on August 30, 1935, the games of the II. League took place here. After the club was dissolved, from now on only championship games in the amateur class, especially AC Slovan Vienna, were held in the České srdce stadium.
Rediscovery as a first division stadium
Badly affected by the Second World War , the stadium seemed inadequate for AC Slovan Vienna, who even rose to the A-League in 1950, so he moved to the Red Star square in the west of the city. The slag track around the playing field was temporarily used for a new purpose in hosting speedway races . Ultimately, the City of Vienna was able to agree on the restoration of the sports area in June 1949, in the correspondence to the town hall on June 14th of that year it was announced: The reconstruction of the heart square at the end of Favoritenstrasse is of great importance for sports operations . This sports facility, one of the largest in Vienna, has been leased by the City of Vienna from the current owner, the “Czech Heart” association, for 20 years. The three soccer fields of this facility, including the areas for ball games and the arena for athletics, will start operating at the beginning of the autumn season. The over 40,000 square meter sports facility will again be mainly available to the youth of the 10th district. ASKÖ will move in there as the main tenant .
Under the new provisional name ASKÖ-X-Platz , mainly small lower division teams played again in the renovated stadium, from 1961 under the patronage of the Vienna Football Association , which took over the stadium. The now “WFV Stadium” became more famous again when FC Wien moved in in 1967 . The then second division had played in the now built Südstern Stadium . At the time, he was the most popular club in the district and could look back on 28 years in the top division. Already on August 12, 1967, over 9,000 spectators came to the premiere of the Red-Whites in the WFV Stadium for the ÖFB Cup game against FC Wacker Innsbruck , which was lost 1-0. With the liquidation of the club after relegation in 1973, professional football seemed to disappear from the stadium again. The WFV President Franz Horr tried to prevent the impending decline and turned to the first division club FK Austria Wien , who had played on the Sport-Clubplatz until then , but had to change their home again and again in recent years after losing their own stadium . Austria secretary Norbert Lopper agreed, so that Austria played its national league games as early as 1973/74 in the WFV stadium. Lopper later said in retrospect: "I really wanted to go for favorites because I wanted a stadium in a densely populated area."
For the time being without a building permit, the existing grandstands were made first division with the help of the AWAK and a 10-year contract was concluded with Wiener Austria for future use. On August 26, 1973, after more than 40 years, a first division game took place in the WFV stadium again, the first goal scorer after the long break was Julio César Morales , who brought Austria to victory in a 4-1 victory over Vienna in front of 11,000 spectators . In addition to club boss Joschi Walter and Franz Horr, Mayor Leopold Gratz and ÖFB President Heinz Gerö also came. Subsequently, Franz Horr tried to raise money for an expansion of the stadium, a large "Matthias Sindelar Stadium" was in the room. After the surprising death of Franz Horr on January 6, 1974, the plans were put aside for the time being and only two weeks later the renaming of the sports facility to "Franz-Horr-Stadion" was unanimously decided by the WFV.
Expansion into a modern home ground of Wiener Austria
The slow process in implementing the expansion plans was problematic for the future of the Franz Horr Stadium. At that time, the stadium still only had the same equipment as in 1925 with a half-pitch-long covered wooden grandstand on the south side, which was supplemented by uncovered wooden benches and a continuous natural grandstand with standing room on the other sides. In 1975 Austria moved back to the Sport-Club-Platz and in 1977 moved to the new Weststadion . After this was soon closed again due to acute construction defects, the Veilchen returned to the Franz Horr Stadium in 1977/78 , but no agreement was reached for the expansion of the stadium of the then European Cup finalists . The Violets played again in the Prater Stadium from 1978 to 1981 and then on the Hohe Warte until 1982, before the promises were put into action. In October 1981 the strongest floodlight system in Austria at the time for the Franz Horr Stadium was completed and the construction company Julius Eberhardt began building a stepped concrete stand with 2,854 seats. Ultimately, the new grandstand was completed in time for the start of the 1982/83 season on August 22, 1982, and the benches on the south grandstand were also replaced. Austria, who played again at Laaer Berg after four years, defeated SSW Innsbruck 6-1.
A further rapid expansion was to follow, but it was not until April 1986 that the western grandstand, which had been promised for years, as well as the northern interior fittings, especially the cloakrooms, were officially announced by the City of Vienna. Work on the covered concrete step grandstand on the west side with 3,000 standing places by the Hazet construction company and on the interior of the north grandstand was finally completed on October 1, 1987. After the west stand (1987) and the north stand (1982) had been completed, the next expansion steps were devoted to the historic south stand (1925) and the as yet non-existent east stand. The latter was erected in September 1997 within four weeks by the construction company Hago as an uncovered tubular steel grandstand with 2,980 seats and inaugurated with the home game against SV Austria Salzburg . In addition, a wall of lamps was set up behind it to replace the plug-in display panel on the south stand. The decision on the new construction of the historic south stand was taken shortly beforehand in the local council on May 16. The new south stand was supposed to be the highlight of the Franz Horr Stadium. It was opened with 3,014 seats plus VIP boxes on July 21, 1999 by Mayor Michael Häupl and named " Matthias Sindelar- Tribune". The booths and the press room were moved back to the south side of the stadium.
In the spring of 2000, Vienna Austria finally made its home in the Franz Horr Stadium and moved its office, which was still in the Prater Stadium, to the Laaer Berg. Accordingly, a lease agreement was previously concluded with the owner City of Vienna, which grants the association a 40-year right of use. The last major step towards modernization so far was the commissioning of the new 7 × 5 meter video wall between the east and north stands on May 3, 2003, which replaced the wall of lamps. In 2008, the east grandstand was replaced by a new building that holds 4,200 standing places and is the new fan grandstand. In addition, the corners of the north stand are to be closed, which ultimately means an increase in capacity to 13,000. In a pure seating version, this corresponds to 11,000 seats that can be used variably at international games. After the expansion of the east stand and the renewed modernization of the west stand, the “Franz Horr Stadium” construction project has been provisionally completed.
In December 2010 the Italian insurance group Generali acquired the naming rights to the stadium for an initial five years, the name changed to Generali Arena . After winning the championship title in May 2013, the contract with Generali was extended by five years to 2018.
Renovation 2016 to 2018
The stadium was renovated and rebuilt from mid-2016. The costs for the modernization of the stadium amount to 42 million euros, an additional 6 million euros were spent on training grounds and the academy. Since the renovation, cashless payments can only be made in the stadium ; the Swiss company SIX Payment Services supplied the relevant systems for this . The official opening took place on July 13, 2018 with a friendly against Borussia Dortmund. The last game in the old stadium on May 15, 2016, Austria had won 3-0 against SK Sturm Graz . In the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, Austria Wien used the Ernst Happel Stadium as its home ground.
In the Generali Arena, the Bundesliga games of FK Austria Wien are played, as well as the games of the amateur team, which appears in the 2nd division , the second highest Austrian division. After the completed modernization measures in 1982, the first European Cup game of the violets was played in the same year, the opponent was Galatasaray SK . After Austria Wien had won this game, the club's management decided to move to the Prater Stadium (today Ernst Happel Stadium ) in the following games against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid ; a variant that is still used in popular games to this day. However, the majority of Austria's international games continue to be played in the Franz Horr Stadium, as the financial advantage of games in the Ernst Happel Stadium only outweighs the sporting advantage of the traditional venue when the capacity is high.
In addition to soccer games by Wiener Austria, the Franz Horr Stadium is also the traditional venue for women's soccer games . When the first Austrian women's soccer championship was held in 1935 , numerous games took place in Favoriten, as not a single club had its own home ground. The women's ÖFB Cup final , which has been held since 1973, has taken place in the Franz Horr Stadium five times , most recently in 2007. The first women's international match took place on September 17, 1995 as part of the European Championship qualification against Yugoslavia took place and ended 2: 1.
In 2020 the converted Austria stadium was to host the final of the UEFA Women's Champions League . On this occasion, it would have been called Austria Arena , without advertising . Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic , the final has been moved to the Estadio Anoeta in San Sebastián .
At the beginning of June 2018, the ÖFB announced that the finals of the ÖFB Cup from 2019 to 2022 will take place in the Austria stadium. The association decided against Linz , Innsbruck and Klagenfurt with the Wörthersee Stadium , which had previously hosted the final five times in a row. However, due to safety concerns, the final in 2019 was moved to the Wörthersee Stadium at short notice. In June 2019, the contract concluded between FK Austria Wien and the Austrian Football Association was terminated.
The first major Vienna derby in the newly opened Generali Arena took place on December 16, 2018. The game, led by referee Harald Lechner, ended in front of 16,582 spectators with a 6-1 home win for FK Austria Wien , the highest derby win in the history of the Bundesliga .
Future projects in and around the stadium
On May 13, 2015 FK Austria Vienna presented a four-column lead project ( S tadion, T rainingsplätze, A kademie, R egionales youth development center), the Generali Arena has been renewed until the summer of 2018 and expanded in the frame.
The most extensive sub-project concerned the stadium. This was partially renewed, expanded and brought up to the standard of a UEFA four-star arena by summer 2018 to a capacity of 17,500 spectators (national) or 15,000 (international).
The 33-year-old north grandstand and the 30-year-old west grandstand were demolished after the end of the 2015/16 season. The new building took place until 2018 and was aligned in two tiers to the roof level of the east grandstand. The south-east corner was closed.
North grandstand new
The heart of the north area is the new top VIP area. 28 VIP boxes / sky boxes, six ballrooms, four sky boxes, two boxes of honor, four bars, office space and a two-story underground car park were built.
1 tier / sector A: 1,036 seats
1 rank / sector B: 1,296 seats
1 tier / sector C: 1,036 seats, 8 wheelchair spaces
2nd tier / VIP 1: 582 seats
2nd tier / VIP 2: 174 seats, 4 wheelchair spaces
two-story underground car park with 376 parking spaces
West grandstand new
The west grandstand was designed as a new family grandstand with the appropriate infrastructure. Three break areas, an event space, a fan shop and a children's and youth area were created here. In addition, it offers space for the guest fans, taking into account the latest security requirements.
1 tier / sector G1: 1,920 standing places (nat.) Or 1,347 seats (int.); 17 wheelchair spaces
2nd tier / sector G2: 1,256 seats
1st tier / sector H1 (guest fans / AWAY): 1,150 standing places (nat.) Or 864 seats (int.)
2nd tier / sector H2 (guest fans / AWAY): 1,135 standing places (nat.) Or 767 seats (int.)
South grandstand (Matthias Sindelar grandstand) adapted
On the south grandstand, further modernization measures were taken, especially in the media area, so that it also meets the UEFA Champions League requirements. The security center, the Classic VIP Club and all technical facilities (teams, referees) are also located there. Ten 10 VIP boxes, a VIP club, two TV studios, a press area, a media zone and the player area were built or adapted.
Sector E: 1,253 seats
Sector F: 1,063 seats
Sector VIP 3: 204 seats + 122 press seats
Sector VIP 4: 106 seats (including 26 press and security)
East grandstand adapted
The east grandstand was adapted in summer 2015. The lower and upper tiers were separated, and a cheaper standing area was created in the lower tier. Another part of the grandstand was built in the north / east corner. Even after the renovation, the east grandstand contains a fan shop with an attached museum, a restaurant, a bar and an event space.
1 tier / sector D1: 462 seats
1 tier / sector D2: 2,400 standing places (nat.) Or 1,421 seats (int.), 2 wheelchair places
2nd tier / sector D3: 480 seats
2nd tier / sector D4: 1,950 standing places (nat.) Or 1,514 seats (int.)
In addition to the stadium, part of the training facility will also be completely renovated. The plan is to merge two training grounds behind the north grandstand, with both extensive grass and artificial turf terrain being planned. At least the latter should also be provided with underfloor heating.
The expansion of the academy site, which has been carried out step by step over the past few years, to which additional training areas and cabins are to be added, will also be continued.
Regional youth center
The STAR project, the total financial volume of which will be approx. 48 million euros, is rounded off by the establishment of a regional youth center, which is to be implemented together with SC Leopoldsdorf. This will be necessary due to the construction of the Viola Park, for which the training grounds and today's VIP parking lot as well as parking lot II are required and should not only accommodate the younger junior teams in the future, but also the possibilities for the installation of girls and women Keep football open at FK Austria Wien.
On the approximately 210,000 square meter area between the East Stand and Laaer-Berg-Straße, which is currently u. a. Home to parking spaces, training grounds and various companies, a residential park with 800 residential units, local suppliers, offices and a hotel, a ball sports academy and an underground car park with 1,200 parking spaces is to be built by 2019.
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