|Poplar Stadium after the renovation in 2007|
|place||Michael-Koch-Strasse 50 7210 Mattersburg , Austria
|opening||August 10, 1952|
|First game||August 10, 1952
Mattersburg - SK Rapid 3: 9
|Renovations||2001, 2003, 2007|
|playing area||105 × 68 m|
The Pappelstadion is a football stadium in the Austrian city of Mattersburg , Burgenland . Until the bankruptcy of the club as a result of the accounting scandal surrounding Commerzialbank Mattersburg im Burgenland in 2020, it was the home of Bundesliga club SV Mattersburg and holds a total of 15,700 spectators, of which 5,700 are seated.
The Mattersburger Poplar Stadium was opened in 1952 as part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the association. The Austrian record champions SK Rapid Wien were invited to the major event at the time, and despite their restrained style of play, they won 9: 3 in the stadium, which was crowded with 7,000 spectators. The multifunctional sports facility is embedded in a sports and leisure center next to the Mattersburg swimming pool. The numerous poplar trees which surround the area and which gave the stadium its name are characteristic.
The speedway races originally held there were also legendary for the stadium, which is equipped with a slag track . Local heroes like Josef Kamper , Josef Bössner, Alfred Rinzner, or Wilfried and Erich Luther attracted thousands of visitors.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the Poplar Stadium was modernized in the course of several renovation phases. In 2001, under the chairman Martin Pucher , the running track was removed and the large grandstand and floodlights were built when the SVM was playing in the second division. On the occasion of the promotion to the Bundesliga in 2003, two more uncovered grandstands were set up, increasing the stadium capacity to 17,100 seats. In addition, a tent was set up to entertain the VIP guests.
From June to July 2007, the main grandstand was rebuilt, whereby the seating capacity was increased to make the poplar stadium suitable for European Cup games. Since then, the total capacity of the stadium has been limited to 15,700 seats.
The main stand, built in 2001, is the only covered area in the stadium. On the opposite side there is a smaller uncovered VIP grandstand with a VIP tent behind it. In the area of this grandstand there are also camera towers for television broadcasts. On the north side there is a standing area on a grass wall, in the south there is a tubular steel grandstand with standing room, on which the guest fans are also accommodated. The more active home fans stand in a corner block between the main stand and the grass wall. Other smaller standing areas are located in the corner area between the main grandstand and the guest block and at the upper edge of the main grandstand.
The Poplar Stadium is located in the east of the city right next to the Mattersburg Viaduct , a 284-meter-long railway viaduct opened in 1847 and is considered the landmark of the city of Mattersburg. The Mattersburg Nord and Mattersburg stations on the Wiener Neustadt – Sopron railway line are each around 300 meters north and south of the stadium.
- web.svm-fan.net: Welcome to the Pappelstadion!
- stadionwelt.de: picture gallery
- europlan-online.de: Poplar Stadium - Mattersburg
- groundhopping.de: Visitor report from August 24, 2003 - SV Mattersburg vs SK Rapid Vienna 1: 4
- Stadium plan, web.svm-fan.net, accessed on April 17, 2017.
- attractions , mattersburg.gv.at, accessed on 17 April 2017th
- Complex viaduct renovation , burgenland.orf.at, accessed on April 17, 2017. This document says the viaduct is 284 meters long and is apparently more precise than the information given by the city of Mattersburg; a distance measurement on Google Maps confirms the 284 meters.