The Wiener Stadthalle in the 15th district of Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus is Austria's largest event center . It is one of the three largest event complexes and one of the leading event locations in Europe. In its legal form the Wiener Stadthalle is a subsidiary of Wien Holding . The event complex includes a total of six event venues and an attached swimming pool: two sports halls, an ice rink, a small and a large multi-purpose hall and a hall with a show stage. Halls A, B and C as well as the city pool are managed by Wiener Sportstätten Betriebsgesellschaft mbH.
Events in the Wiener Stadthalle
The Wiener Stadthalle is the most important event arena in Austria. In the great hall, numerous well-known bands and musicians from Britney Spears to Lenny Kravitz to ZZ Top stood on their stage at least once. There were large and shows will be shown as the Vienna Ice Revue (1958-1973), Holiday on Ice , the horse show Apassionata and the circus show artists Animals attractions (1959-1995) Numerous sports events take place here as the annually held Erste Bank Open 500 , the traditional city hall football tournament that was held until 2009, or the Vienna Horse Festival. For the 2004 European short course championships , a pool with 1025 m³ was built in the hall.
Concerts and sporting events also take place in the smaller halls. Overall, the Wiener Stadthalle was the venue for around 80 European and World Championships. Exhibitions, trade fairs and conferences also take place in all halls. The new Hall F is a special place for concerts, musical productions, theater performances, galas - such as the Nestroy Theater Prize - and company events.
From May 18 to 23, 2015, the Wiener Stadthalle hosted the 60th Eurovision Song Contest . In June 2015 Conchita Wurst was awarded the first Wiener Stadthallen grand piano . The plexiglass-aluminum sculpture was designed by Tomas Eller.
In addition to the halls, there is a residential and workshop building with a garage, an administration building with a restaurant, as well as the machine rooms and transformer station. Halls A, B, C, D, E and F have direct connections that can be used by the public.
An underground car park for the City of Vienna with 750 spaces has existed under the Märzpark in Hütteldorfer Strasse since 2006 (Märzparkgarage). For events in Hall D, an additional 704 parking spaces are available in the city hall garage operated by Lugner-City (Moeringgasse / Vogelweidplatz). There are also garages in Lugner City and at the Westbahnhof. There is a short-term parking zone around the town hall until 10:00 p.m.
Hall A was completed as a gymnastics hall in 1957. It is 18 m × 36 m in size and 7.6 m high and can also be used for congresses or lectures. In the basement there are rowing training rooms with a rowing pool .
Hall B was completed as a ball sports hall in 1957. It is 30 m × 60 m in size and 11.8 m high and can also be used for congresses or lectures. There are bowling alleys and cloakrooms in the basement.
Hall C was completed as an ice rink in 1958 . It is 30 m × 60 m in size and 7.3 m high. It was also planned to use it multifunctionally, for example as a cinema. In addition to training opportunities for ice hockey and figure skating, there are public activities with kindergarten and show ice skating. It is operated by the Die EisStadthalle association .
The large multi-purpose hall was completed in 1958 and is Austria's largest event hall. It has a size of 98 m × 110 m and a ridge height of 26.6 m. The usable parquet area is 98 × 55.2 m with a height of 15.4 m. It has a capacity of 16,152 people and can be designed variably depending on the purpose. There are also special curtain systems and the ground-level stands on the north and south sides can be completely retracted in several parts. Above that there are two tiers and, if necessary, a grandstand can be set up in the parquet on one side. The stage can be up to 600 m² in size. Backstage there are two VIP rooms, cloakrooms and offices.
Hall D was the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and offered space for a total of 10,500 spectators in the hall. Seating and standing room were taken into account for the contest. On the east side, the hall was narrowly divided so that commentary boxes were created parallel to the stage and green rooms in front of it.
The small multi-purpose hall was completed in 1994 and can hold a maximum of 1,482 visitors. It is 50 × 25 m in size and 4.5 m in height. It is mainly used for exhibitions, trade fairs and social receptions or events of all kinds.
The hall, designed as a show stage, was completed in 2006 and can hold a maximum of 2,036 visitors on padded seats. It is 68.2 mx 73.4 m and 12.5 m high. The hall is arranged in ascending order like an arena and has an integrated catwalk . There is event technology on site and the electroacoustics are adapted to the room acoustics. For the visitors there is a spacious foyer with 1,300 m² and connected catering and two break foyers with 400 m². There is also a 300 m² banquet hall.
City indoor pool
There are three swimming pools in the town hall, which opened in 1974:
- Large pool 50 m × 25 m, at one end there is a diving tower with platforms at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 m height and corresponding water depth, at the other end the immersion depth can be varied with a lifting floor : lowered for competitions and in Adults can just stand there during normal operation. As of January 2014: 8 lanes, opening foreseeable in a few months.
- Children's pool 15 m × 6 m
- Training pool 50 m × 10 m for clubs and schools in the basement
There is a spectator stand for 800 people along the length of the large pool. There is also a sauna, a restaurant and a bowling alley. In the past, there was also an open-air meadow in the direction of Hall F, which was about one floor above street level. For club swimmers back in operation since the end of September 2013: 5 lanes between 4 floor lines.
There was a renovation in 1996. Since May 2010, the listed complex has been renovated again. The actual reopening date in autumn 2011 could not be kept and in December 2011 serious deficiencies in the work were discovered. All three basins were leaking, the cleaning system was not working properly, a suspension on the lifting floor tore off, which also caused water to leak, and some minor problems occurred. After an evidence preservation procedure, an expert opinion should be available in December 2012 and the renovation budget has now almost been used up. In September 2013, the two smaller pools were already sealed, with professional welders still working on the seams of the larger one.
At the end of September 2013, the training pool was reopened as the first pool for club swimmers only. In January 2014, the tightness of the two other pools was declared, work on the pool hygiene should take until March, then deficiencies in the floor tiling had to be removed. The opening was announced - without an appointment. The deposed general planner and the operator Wien-Holding sued each other in court.
On the afternoon of June 30, 2014, the city indoor pool was also reopened to the public, although some minor construction work was still in progress at the beginning.
The Vienna State Swimming Championships 2019 were held from May 30th to June 2nd, 2019 in the Wiener Stadthalle.
The "Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft mbH " generates annual added value of around 70 million euros. Over 300 events per year are attended by around 1 million guests from home and abroad.
The former IBM manager Gerhard Feltl and the former music publisher Peter Gruber acted as managing directors of the Wiener Stadthallen group from 1999 to 2012. From February 1, 2012 to October 2013, the management team consisted of Sandra Hofmann, the former head of the Sports Department of the City of Vienna, and Wolfgang Fischer, a former employee of the ORF . From October 2013 to August 2018, Kurt Gollowitzer followed as commercial director at the side of Wolfgang Fischer. After Kurt Gollowitzer switched to Wien-Holding as managing director for the areas of finance and investment controlling, accounting, corporate communications and project management as well as for companies in the fields of culture and logistics, Christian Raab took over the interim commercial management in September 2018. Since January 1, 2019, Wolfgang Fischer has been managing the Wiener Stadthalle together with Mag.a Carola Lindenbauer as commercial director.
On April 6, 2011, a cooperation between Erste Bank and the “Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft mbH” became known. To implement the comprehensive sponsorship and cooperation agreement, the joint "Erste Bank Wiener Stadthalle Marketing GmbH" was founded for the ticketing and marketing division, in which Erste Bank Oesterreich holds 60 percent and the Stadthallenbetriebsgesellschaft 40 percent. The cooperation must be approved by the federal competition authority. The amount with which Erste Bank bought into this cooperation is not disclosed. According to the APA broadcast, the name of the “Wiener Stadthalle” is to be changed to the sponsor name “Erste Bank Wiener Stadthalle”. The logo was changed by May 2011 - the Erste Bank logo was added to the figurative mark above the stylized city hall - but the brand name “Wiener Stadthalle” remains unchanged on the website.
(Status: 2009) In the past, the following companies were also managed:
- Ernst Happel Stadium
- Gerhard Hanappi Stadium
- Ferry Dusika indoor stadium
- City indoor pool
- Stadium pool
- Albert Schultz ice rink (until 2008)
- Sports facility Windtenstrasse (until 2008)
- Sports facility Vorarlberger Allee (until 2008)
- Multipurpose hall Mollardgasse (until 2008)
- Sports hall Fünfhaus (until 2008)
- Scene Vienna (1983-2007)
- Kurhalle Oberlaa (January 1, 1995–2006, demolished in 2007 as part of the renovation of the Oberlaa thermal baths )
The Schmelzer Friedhof , which was closed in 1874 and abandoned after the First World War , used to be located in the area. A municipal museum was planned on Hütteldorfer Strasse until after the Second World War . The Historical Museum of the City of Vienna , today the Vienna Museum , was built from 1954 to 1959 on the previously proposed Karlsplatz .
In June 1952, the Vienna City Council decided to build a large, multifunctional event hall, and in October an architecture competition was announced. 16 international planners and planning associations took part. Roland Rainer and Alvar Aalto (Finland) were best placed . It was finally built by the Austrian architect Roland Rainer. The foundation stone was laid in October 1953 and construction began in March 1954. The topping-out ceremony was held on April 20, 1956 . On July 26, 1957, the founding meeting of the original “Wiener Stadthalle-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH” took place in the Vienna City Hall. The first managing director was the previous general secretary of the Vienna ice skating club, Adolf Eder. Operations began in Halls A and B in 1957, and the first public event took place on October 19th with an international tournament between six cycling teams. In 1958, a dismountable indoor cycling track with a fast track surface made of wood was built; as reference project no. 48 by architects Schürmann .
The ice rink was put into operation on March 1, 1958. On June 21, 1958, the Wiener Stadthalle was officially opened by Federal President Adolf Schärf .
The sculptures by Wander Bertoni and Fritz Wotruba contribute to the artistic design . The tapestry "Die Welt und der Mensch", designed by Herbert Boeckl and presented in 1958 on the occasion of the world exhibition in Brussels , is located in the VIP lounge . The building is particularly impressive due to the 100 m by 100 m steel roof over the main hall, which is lowered in the middle and follows the slope of the grandstands on the sides. A few years ago, the London graphics agency Pentagram also made this outline the company logo of the town hall.
Between 1972 and 1974, on the occasion of the 1974 European Swimming Championships , the city indoor pool was also built , also based on plans by Roland Rainer. In 1994 the small multi-purpose hall E was added, with the foyer of the main hall also being redesigned.
From 2003 to 2006, Hall F planned by the Vorarlberg architects Dietrich / Untertrifaller Architekten was built. Equipped with a show stage and state-of-the-art event technology, as well as the new gastronomy and infotainment area, it was opened at the beginning of 2006. As part of this expansion of the Vienna City Hall, the checkout area was also rebuilt, the March Park and Vogelweidplatz were redesigned in terms of garden architecture, and an underground car park with 750 parking spaces was built under the March Park, increasing the total capacity of the garage parking spaces to 1,450. Since a renovation to meet the current technical requirements would be difficult for monument protection and space reasons, there will be no more major concerts and international sporting events in the town hall from 2024. Therefore, consideration is being given to making the hall available for mass sports in the future. In January 2019 it was announced that the Wien Holding Arena would be built as a replacement on the site of the former Sankt Marx slaughterhouse ; construction is scheduled to start in 2021.
The Wiener Stadthalle as a film production company
In 1961 the City of Vienna founded the “Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Produktionsgesellschaft”. This should stimulate the Austrian film production. Karl Spiehs , who acted as production manager for the following films , summed up in retrospect: "The town hall offered me incredible opportunities."
The musical comedy Our great aunts (1961) was followed by numerous other productions and co-productions of this kind such as Tanze mit mir in den Morgen (1962), Our great Niece (1963), The whole world is sky blue (1964), Our great aunts in the South Seas (1964), Happy-End am Attersee (1964) and The Great Freestyle (1964). The agent film Shots in 3/4 Time, which was released in 1965, had a high profile .
With Ruf der Wälder , a literary film adaptation was made in 1965 and The Great Love Game, based on a script by Herbert Reinecker, saw itself as a modern version of Schnitzler's round dance , but was in fact a collection of scandalous stories in illustrated style . With the two westerns The Last Ride to Santa Cruz and Hot Blowing the Wind , premiered in 1964, attempts were made to follow up on the successful Karl May films .
After most of the films in the Wiener Stadthalle had little success with the exception of a few productions, the last production took place in 1966: the congress is having fun . Overall, the city of Vienna had the 25 productions cost around 100 million schillings (around 7.3 million euros, excluding inflation). Despite the modest success of the films with both audiences and critics, the City of Vienna, unlike the federal government, at least fulfilled the task of stimulating Austrian film - even if artistically demanding productions were dispensed with in the implementation. The then chairman of the supervisory board, Glaserer, summed up in an interview with Filmkunst magazine (No. 47, p. 15): "If we hadn't had such success with the 'Tollen Aunts', all the money would not have gone into the bucket."
- 1961: ... and you, my darling, stay here
- 1961: Our great aunts
- 1962: Three love letters from Tyrol
- 1962: Dance with me in the morning
- 1963: Sing, but don't play with me
- 1963: The funny vagabonds (the girls like that)
- 1963: Our great nieces
- 1963: With the best of recommendations
- 1963: The black cobra
- 1963: is Geraldine an angel?
- 1963: In the singing Rößl at the Königssee
- 1963: The great love game
- 1964: The whole world is sky blue (red lips should be kissed)
- 1964: Our great aunts in the South Seas
- 1964: The last ride to Santa Cruz
- 1964: Breakfast with death
- 1964: I learned that from papa
- 1964: Now the world revolves around you
- 1964: The great freestyle
- 1964: Happy-End at the Attersee (Happy-End at the Wörthersee)
- 1964: The wind blows hot
- 1965: DM killer
- 1965: Shots every 3/4
- 1965: Call of the Forests
- 1965: On the Danube, when the wine blooms
- 1966: Congress is having fun
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